Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture
Edited By Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel
PART III Surfaces, Secrets and Interior Spaces
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Surfaces, Secrets and Interior Spaces
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Life is spatial as much as it is temporal. Since ancient times people have linked their identites and histories with physical shapes. The creation of places, buildings and roads reaffirms identity in the present, and passes it on to the future.
Space then, is loaded with traces of the past: the manifestation of a solution for a problem that is long gone. A message that has lost its meaning. A street that leads nowhere, somewhere there used to be something – or where there was something that was supposed to come, but never did. An old man sitting at the end of a bench. A bench long enough for himself and his three friends. Now there’s only him. A footstep in the tarmac that collects the leaves of last autumn. The empty show window of a vegetarian butcher. Rusty train tracks telling stories of dirty hands and hard-working men. A climbing wall that allows you to shake hands with Jesus in a former church …
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