Place Making > Placing Self

Heidegger’s Hutte, Todtnauberg, Black Forest, Germany

“…place is that open, cleared yet unbounded region in which we find ourselves gathered together with other persons and things, and which we are opened to the world and the world to us. It is out of this place that space and time both emerge, and yet the place at issue here also has a dynamic character of its own – it is not merely the static appearance of a viewed locale or landscape, but it is rather a unifying, gathering, regioning – place is, in this sense, always a “taking place, a “happening” of place.”

Malpas, Jeff, Heidegger’s Topology, Being, Place, World, Massachussets Institute of Technology, 2008, Chapter 5 Place and Event pp.221. Image reproduced from

Performative Installation

Measuring the Universe, Roman Ondák

  1. The event aspect of performativity [the moment, now] is linked to the materiality of an installation in through simultaneousness of action/experience, or the event aspect of artistic production [performance] continues to take effect within the installation.
  2. Performativity is a constitutive part of the installation
  3. The installation alone is what generates the performativity
  4. A Performance Installation has its own individual context; by means of the performative elements it embraces the live elements of the external context and thereby incorporates categories from everyday routine and life.
  5. The extent of the performativity of an installation in terms of its appearance cannot be completely predicted or controlled here. Performative Installation thus unites within itself presence and representation, ephemeral and static elements, event and duration and immateriality and materiality. The direct effect and the indirect work enter into a synthesis. In a Performative Installation the dialectics of subject and object are annulled. Both are given a new common identity here.

Text quoted from performative installation, Angelika Nollert, 2003:pp.13

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