16 July 2012
Many heterotopian sites have been undergoing a transformation over the last few decades. Some of this is due to the opportunities of the Internet, but not all. Some of it is captured in the over-used notion of the post-modern, but there seems something specific that connects the temporal-spatial changes of these sites.
I am thinking of, for example, street art or Temporary Autonomous Art Exhibitions as diverse alternative spaces to galleries and museums (and the growth of ‘living museums’), or the way cemeteries have become, in the West at least, multi-purpose and much more open historical, educational and environmental spaces (and the growth of ‘road memorials’), or the way brothels now have to compete with a whole network of cruising opportunities via the web and public spaces (for example parks – and cemeteries) and so on.
I intend to do more on this, but a final example would be the movement of guerrilla gardening or gardens without boundaries.