Non-Place

Attempting to represent what disappears as soon as a representation becomes recognizable. The space of non-place.

Artist Research

Andreas Gursky
Ruhrtal (Ruhr Valley), 1989
http://www.andreasgursky.com/thumbs/works/1989/ruhrtal/AndreasGursky-17b4e0e716ad3531667a5b055b1af5f4-800.jpg
 Discovered this work in a blog by Nicholas Buer (https://nicholasbuer.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/researching-artists-and-the-non-place/). He describes the motoway overhead and the 'idyllic' green below, even the person walking by the fence, but not what dominates and embodies this image; the irregular rectangle of space bordered by these constructions.

Hans Op De Beek
Location 1 
Sculptural Installation, 1998. Mixed Media, 320 × 400 × 500 cm

https://liesevdb.wordpress.com/files/2009/12/hans-op-de-beeck.jpg
Drawn in by the artificial coloured lights...the geometry of the line. Strips the scene of eveything else...

Location (5)
Sketch
 
https://www.cobosocial.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Hands-Op-de-Beeck-Location-5-Sketch.png


















De Beek's sketches for his models or installations ties in to my own method of planning works prior to constructing them.


READING

Key Text:
Non Places – Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity
Marc Auge

The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel
Hatje Cantz

Non-Places and the Spaces of Art
Peter Osborne

Invisible Cities
Italo Calvino

Kwon, Miwon
One Place after Another-Site Specific Art and Locational Identity
Massachusetts: Institute of technology, 2002

De Botton, Alain
The Art of Travel
London: Penguin Books 2002
 
http://www.korculainfo.com/nonplaces/
(Accessed 20.02.2017)

Gives examples of Non-Places:
Motorway
Airport
Petrol Station
Supermarket


Artists referenced in this text:
Wim Wenders
Thomas Hirschon
Julian Opie - Imagine you are (walking/driving/moving)
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/images/work/P/P78/P78310_10.jpg















Mark Wallinger, Threshold to the Kingdom

Edward Hopper
http://www.edwardhopper.net/images/paintings/automat.jpg
















Non-Place - the space the reflection of the rhythmic artificial light leads into 
Hopper leads us out of the space into 'non-place'- from the physical into a psychological space


Other Resources

Non-Place Urban Realm Exhibition, South London Gallery 1999

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