Walker Art Center

I guess what I am asking--and we don't have to remain fixated on this, I promise--is how does the "where" fit in? Is geography (physical) a difference that makes a difference, to reference Claude Shannon's theory of information? Or is that a kind of essentialist argument, considering, as Shuddha points out, that all geographies are already hybrid?

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From: Raqs <raqs@sarai.net>
Date: Tue Mar 12, 2002 6:48am
Subject: Re: Why "translocations"?

The problem with a word such as difference, like the term roots, is its extreme ideologization. To be able to talk about a space one needs to dig in different directions, but where this digging will lead is somewhat unpredictable. Difference forecloses this unpredictability. A "city like Delhi" is a product of a very complex weave of movement and violence. This city has been destroyed, decimated many times by various forms of power. New spaces and new rhythms have emerged within an imagination of power's imprint and around its shadow. To be conscious of this history, with all its complexity and contradiction, is to be aware of the processes by which spaces and identities are destroyed, created, and sustained.

The problem is how to talk sensibly about these processes, being conscious of one's locatedness but not valorizing location.

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From: yukiko shikata <sica@dasein-design.com>
Date: Tue Mar 12, 2002 9:00am
Subject: translocations

Hi all,

It is so funny and nice that we share different time zones (caused by the different latitudes) and social, cultural defenses … but we are connected via the Internet. This situation is already translocal!

I read over the previous postings, and I will reply to some parts of them, but first, as a starter from me, I'll write down some random thoughts:

I live in Tokyo, a city currently economically weaker than ever before, but as Saskia Sassen has observed, Tokyo is (still) connected globally to other big cities such as New York and London--so-called global cities that share the same kind of reality realized by the global economy.[9]

Manuel Castells wrote that the global economic flow is predominant compared with other kinds of flows. It is clear that this global economic flow tends to foment a mono-political, -social, and -cultural situation. It makes cultural diversity weaker.[10]

Guy Debord wrote that "spectacle" has "world time" and "world space." Time and space are strongly connected, and the Situationist attitude embodied the disturbance of or resistance to those kinds of time and space.[11]

9 See Saskia Sassen, "The Topis of E-Space + Private and Public Cyberspace," posted on Nettime, October 17, 1998; also published in Read Me: ASCII Culture and the Revenge of Knowledge (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Autonomedia, 1999).

10 See Manuel Castells, Global Economy, Information Society, Cities and Regions, special Japanese ed. in the Sociology Thoughts series (Tokyo: Aoki-Shoten Publishers, 1999).

11 See Guy Debord, La Société du spectacle (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1992).