Bernhard Siegert, one of the pioneers of German media theory, has provided a succinct introduction to the concept tof heterotopia as well as a convincing endorsement of the ship as the heterotopia par excellence in ‘The Cultural Techniques of Seafaring’ in chapter four of:
Siegert, B. (2015) Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, translated G Winthrop-Young. New York: Fordham University Press.
“Myths, holy scriptures, literary texts and films all invoke ships to tell tales of departure, failure and struggles with the elements, of encounters with other laws, the law of the other….”
29 March 2016