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
 Discovered this work in a blog by Nicholas Buer ( 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
Drawn in by the artificial coloured lights...the geometry of the line. Strips the scene of eveything else...

Location (5)

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


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
(Accessed 20.02.2017)

Gives examples of Non-Places:
Petrol Station

Artists referenced in this text:
Wim Wenders
Thomas Hirschon
Julian Opie - Imagine you are (walking/driving/moving)

Mark Wallinger, Threshold to the Kingdom

Edward Hopper

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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