Yi-Fu Tuan – “Space and Place”
The Perspective of Experience
At the end of this seminar we had to produce visual interpretation of what we have read about in this chapter.
As it was visual exercise we were able to work with verities of magazines, newspapers and some old books to produce the final outcome.
I started this task by reading through the chapter and highlighting the quotes I felt explained the meaning of “Space and place”, the most.
From the book:
“There is no place like home”
“Space and place are basic components of the lived world”
“Surrounded by a wall and administered from a medieval town hall, it gave the impression of a small, protected, and self-contained world.”
“Visits to the big city curiously reminded him of the sea.” – “feeling of openness, infinity, unrestricted space.”
– Linking such a different environments together – for some doesn’t make sense, but when you look at their power as equal, the scale talks for it self.
“by the fact that Hamlet lived here, suddenly the wall and the ramparts speak a quite different language. The courtyard become an entire world, a dark corner reminds us of the darkness in the human soul, we hear Hamlet’s “to be or not to be.”.”
– And once we know that, Kronberg becomes quite a different castle for us.
Our minds will play games just to visualize the possibility of the artists being and working in this room/castle. We want to see it and feel it, as it would be a small part of us, we have forgotten for a while.
“nonhuman animals also have a sense of territory and place.” – “Places are centers of felt value where biological needs such as those for food, water, rest, and procreation, are satisfied.”
“We measure and map space and place,”
“We have privileged access to state of mind, thoughts and feelings.”
“Culture is uniquely developed in human beings. It strongly influences human behavior and value. The Eskimos’ sense of space and place is very different from that of Americans.”
““Space is more abstract then place.” What begins as undifferentiated space becomes place as get to know it better and endow it with value.”
“We know our home intimately; we can only know about our country if it is very large.”
“People tend to suppress that which they cannot express.”
“place as images of complex – often ambivalent – feelings.”
“perhaps each statement should end with a question mark or be accompanied by qualifying clauses.”
What I learned was that – we all going to have different meanings either we are talking about “space” or “place”, as it is said in the book – “Artists have tried – often with success. In work of literature as well as humanistic psychology, philosophy, anthropology and geography, intricate worlds of human experience are recorded.” We still going to talk about and try to explain it in the books.
But what truly “space and place” means to us – can we read it in a book?