Framing Locative Consciousness

by Francisco J. Ricardo

A special autonomy contains the word “place” in modernist thought and language. It refers to locations with at least a vague name and an implied prominence over non-places. But aside from traditional monuments, little in current notions of place relies on the role of memory in constituting placemaking. Today, therefore, place exists in disconnection with event, an incorrectly separate term with its own semantic lineage. This disjunction is both the opportunity of postmodern architecture and what locative media art, with its union of place and event, seeks to obliterate, as the argument and examples in this essay indicate.

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