The low point of 2017 was the collapse of an ambitious project to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Foucault’s introduction to heterotopia. The project got caught up in a complex web of professional and legal difficulties and had with great regret to be abandoned.
Highlights included continued explorations of heterotopia by artists, particularly Thierry Fournier’s solo exhibition, ‘Heterotopia’ in Paris at the Saint-Denis musée d’art et d’histoire. Responding to ideas from writers such as Preciado and Harcourt, the exhibition explored heterotopia as a network of interfaces and surfaces which intimately couples people with diverse forms of technology.
Fiona Ackerman’s exhibition ‘Glasslands‘ continued into 2017 transferring from Vancouver to Berlin.
I was happy, in collaboration with artist Karen Browning, to explore further the fascination with mirrors in relation to forms of heterotopia pdf
The year ended with moving from the South West of England to the Isle of Arran in Scotland.
Somewhat in contrast, my research interests have turned to looking at how heterotopia might play in relation the internet and the so called ‘new media’. This I expect will take up a few years of reading, writing and experimenting, branching off all over the place and revisiting themes in a different context (EG the screen as reflection or refraction?). All this takes me back to Benjamin Genocchio’s point that heterotopia may be more an idea about space than an actual place…
Research articles continued to grow and always brought surprises:
Brioni, S. (2017) ‘A Station in Motion: Termini as Heterotopia’ Italian Studies 72 (40) 443-454.
Corbett, C. (2017) ‘Nowhere to run: repetition compulsion and heterotopia in the Australian post-apocalypse’, Science Fiction Film and Television 10 (3): 329–351.
De Schauwer, E. et al (2017) ‘Animating Disability Differently- Mobilizing a Heterotopian Imagination,’ Qualitative Inquiry 23 (4): 276-286.
Edwards, G. and Bulkeley, H. (2017) ‘Heterotopia and the urban politics of climate change experimentation’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. (In Press)
Giusti, E. (2017) ‘Virgil’s Carthage: a Heterotopic Space of Empire’ in M. Asper and V. Rimell (eds.) Imagining Imperial Space in Hellenistic and Roman Literature, Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg.
Grant-Smith, D. and Mayes, R. (2017) ‘Freedom, part-time pirates, and poo police: Regulating the heterotopic space of the recreational boat’ Environment and Planning A 49 (6): 1379-1395.
Honig, T. J. (2017) ‘Heterotopia: A tool for understanding therapeutic space’ Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 26 (1).
Ismail, H. H. et al (2017) ‘Heterotopias and the Enabling of Masculine Power in Richardson’s Pamela and Defoe’s Moll Flanders and Roxana’ Journal of Language Studies 17(1), February
Kjaran, J. I. (2017) ‘Ethical Relationality and Heterotopic Spaces in Schools’ in J. I. Kjaran (ed.) Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces. London: Palgrave 147-175.
Loyauté, B., Sfez, G. and Dassié, V. (2017) Heterotopia, Affordance & New Pragmatism. Paris: Dilecta.
Maggini, G. (2017) ‘Digital Virtual Places: Utopias, Atopias, Heterotopias’ in Janz, B. (ed.) Place, Space and Hermeneutics. Berlin: Springer International. 465-477.
Qian, J. (2017) ‘Beyond heteronormativity? Gay cruising, closeted experiences and self-disciplining subject in People’s Park, Guangzhou’. Urban Geography, 38 (5): 771–794.
Quinn, B. and Wilks, L, (2017) Festival heterotopias: spatial and temporal transformations in two small-scale settlements. Journal of Rural Studies, 53: 35–44.
Rankin, J. and Collins, F. (2017) ‘Enclosing difference and disruption: assemblage, heterotopia and the cruise ship, Social and Cultural Geography 18 (2) 224-244.
18 December 2017