24
Nov
07

place of accident…

One of my objectives is to find possible examples of identity which may alter how we may perceive the non-place.  With regards to the roads and motorways I postulated that areas that had been the locations of car accidents could for the individuals involved change their perception of that space.  Through a process this otherwise non-place could become relational and more concerned with the identity of the persons who experienced this event.  (For the origin of this concept please see ‘identtiy idnetity identity’ blogged November 1st) I returned to the scene of my car accident, and filmed the space from the direction I was traveling in.  

 

 I don’t intend to reveal all the gritty details of the event, all I want to highlight is the fact that something happened in this space that had a significant impact on an individuals life.  I wanted to remove the movement so the viewer is not distracted by anything else.  The viewer is left to envisage the movement of the event.  

What is interesting is that before ‘adding’ this narrative the space remains as a non-place.  Marc Auge highlights that ‘Place is completed through the word, through the allusive exchange of a few passwords between speakers who are conniving in private complicity’ .   This dialogue potentially redefines this particular area of a non-place into more of a place, and Secondly, as all movement is removed the viewer has the opportunity to stand still and reflect upon this narrative.

It is difficult for me to evaluate the success of this piece because I am directly involved with its concept.  I do feel that by adding a narrative it does change how you may view the space, yet it still remains a negative space and the dialogue adds to this negativity.  It is successful (?) for the fact that it could potentially alter how you perceive the space, it could evoke a feeling of empathy within the viewer, but is it ultimately unsuccessful (?) because due to the chosen subject matter the negativity that we normally associate with the non-place still remains.  Has it really changed at all?

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