I have started a new interdisciplinary research path exploring mirrors and heterotopias. As an object, symbol and metaphor, mirrors have such a rich and varied history – scientific, divine, deceptive, magical, instructive, corruptive, utilitarian, self-reflective, supernatural ….
Mirrors, like all heterotopias, intrude upon, reinvent and disturb the everyday. They reveal something alike and utterly different. Jorge Luis Borges’ poem Mirrors puts it like this:
It is strange to dream, and to have mirrors
Where the commonplace, worn-out repertory
Of every day may include the illusory
Profound globe that reflections scheme.
As John Ashbery asks in Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, a response to Parmigianino’s painting:
Is there anything to be serious about beyond this otherness that gets included in the most ordinary forms of daily life…..?
Do get in touch if you would like to explore with me Foucault’s tantalisingly brief comments about mirrors and utopias/heterotopias (it’s a massive field).
25 January 2017