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History of presence

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Mon, 2012-03-19 01:19

ourgroup300's picture

History spoke to permanence, today is disposable... Is that really true?
Everything is connected.... Roads, airways, waterways, grids of plumbing and sewer, telephone lines, power lines, radio waves and satellites.... The time-space compression that Massey speaks of is more than just a threat to the “authenticity” of a sense of place, or a bigger rift in the differential mobility of a group, it means change hurling at a break-neck staccato, material flux with no regard for those that live to a different speed, those that have stayed unchanged for many years - they don’t understand progress.
There are ghosts that speak of an imperfect past that tried, occupying fringes of potential real estate - everything has a price tag and an expiry date. Drowned out by the fizz of neon lights and roar of traffic they sigh a breeze that blows a discarded wrapper, or spooks a bird... no one else seems to notice.
I often feel the melancholy of places, even in cities, especially when passing giant expanses of parking lots, and neon signs beckoning shoppers to malls named after a Woodgrove, Oakridge, or Meadowbrook. The names of those places are empty, devoid of meaning, say it again slower: “meadow brook”, “oak ridge”....
Everything is just stuff with assigned context, take the context away and you have a heap of stuff. Places are made. What do you want to make?
When the ego trips are over and we become ghosts ourselves, I wish that there is something familiar left - a sense of place and not just a heap of disposable stuff.

sylwia gustyn

Mon, 2012-03-19 10:00

ourgroup300's picture

beautiful response

Mon, 2012-03-19 15:59

ourgroup300's picture

This path is interesting because of the way that you have incorporated images of living beings, people animals, plants etc. Initially it feels kind of sad like it's tracing the remains of old architecture or focusing on spaces that have been discarded. When these images mix with the photo of the little boy or the bird I felt like it provides a moment of hope for humanity in a strange way. Instead of simply following a path of these discarded spaces, the images of life serve as a reminder that all is not lost. In the midst of the chaos of the overproduction/consumption that many of us exist within we can be reminded that we are still here, and we have a choice how to proceed.

Mon, 2012-03-19 21:53

TeamAwesome's picture

Nice composition of various shapes.

Mon, 2012-04-16 10:45

Excellent use of repetition and layering— a real sense of melancholy and as someone else has posted ruptures of hope. Beautiful piece of writing.