Saturday, July 19, 2008

Felisberto Hernández says:

". . . thus, for us slow ones, distance gives communication a whole new array of nuances, and could even offer some compensation for whatever might happen in the flesh at close proximity."

from Lands of Memory


Ortho said...

I have trouble locating distance. It seems I often experience the global within the local and the local within the global. Where ever I go, distance collapses.

Josh Maday said...

That is interesting. What do you think is the root of this collapse for you? Do you have any insight into what may cause it? I'd be interested in anything you might have to say about it.

Ortho said...

I have no explanations, nor analysis. All I offer is an observation.

But I suspect, if I were to explain, if I were to analyze, I would use words like: "techno-cyber," "cell phone," "Internet," "computer," "GPS," "Google Earth," "satellite surveillance," "speed," and maybe, "airplane." All of the above words and phrases conjure, in the words of anthropologist Marc Augé, a "non-place" -- a place of movement and flow, that is not a "traditional" place, but have become the defining places -- suspended between the local and the global -- of 21st-century reality.

Josh Maday said...

I see what you mean, Ortho. That makes sense. I like the way you used a web of words to create a sense of what you're pointing to; it seems like that in itself explains something about this "non-place" of suspension that also functions as though it is a place. A simulacrum of place, of location, maybe? I wonder if this is life becoming more abstract, or simply creating new space for itself? Virilio's thought addresses the notion of speed and surveillance, I think.

Ortho said...

We could think of a non-place as a simulacrum of place. But it might be of more interest (if just to me) to only think of the simulacrum and not the supposed place it represents. Simulacra have floated away from their assigned places. Simulacra are places.

Your last question plays an interesting linguistic trick: it substitutes "space" for "place." Is space a place? Is place a space? Is there a difference between space and place?