Carola

About myself:

Exchange student from Vienna, studying comparative literature in Arhus. Trying to find orientation in cities without a map.

What communication in the city means to me:

Communication can be seen as a sort of keyword for society in a whole. One has to be able to read signs every day: the traffic lights, the body language, letters, etc. It covers the interactive play between significance and significant. The city can not work without these structures who can not work if the communication does not work.
The city consists out of many different parts, who are all reflected through communication.

Communication in the city: Hybrid space

In the last years the meaning of space has highly emerged, due to new technologies and concepts of space in general. Space is divided into a sort of dichotomy, the space that is surrounding us in reality, which means in everday life and the space that is just virtual, alternatively imagined surrounding us. Thus is also related to the fact that everyone is travelling and therefore transpassing much larger distances than in earlier times. One is constantly changing places and therefore exchanging (between) spaces. “Beyond the discovery of unities of ambience, of their main components and their spatial localization, one comes to perceive their principal axes of passage, their exits and their defenses”

One might distinguish between places that are filled with memory and conotated with certain
thoughts or historical happenings and identity, thus is for example the stones of the Berlin
Wall or a castle, which is always conotated with history and therefore with certain images of it. On the other hand, we have certain places, which are filled with memory that is only belonging to ourselves and maybe an additional person or two. Lefebre describes this as follows: “In other words, we are concerned with logico- epistomological space, the space of social practice, the space occupied by sensory phenomena, including products of the imagination such as projects and projections, symbols and utopia.”
Hybrid space is constantly surrounding us, though we might not be aware of it. The underground might be seen as a sort of hybrid space, because its only purpose is transportation. As a result one finds himself in a sort of not-existing place, since the place is only existing to make it possible to cross and to leave stations, places. Marc Augé points it out by saying: “People are always and never at home” The space is surrounding us on a temporary basis so to speak, since people are always entering and leaving new spaces without even noticing it. Due to new technologies one can always be at a place and at the same time somewhere else, crossing two continents via e-mail for instance. All those developments affect our understanding or concept of identity much more than we realise.

one example for dealing with it has been expressed in dance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2nzBoImjB8&feature=PlayList&p=5E07C04B8D616176&index=8

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