20 January 2014
Over the next few weeks, I will be concentrating on the work of Knut Åsdam ,a Norwegian artist whose work, including installations, photographs and videos, often intermingles with Foucault’s ‘other spaces’. For example, in a series of installations, The Care of the Self (1999–2007) Åsdam :
‘….. has created night-time parks with a dark lush interior in an architecture of trees, plants, grass and flowers. Here Åsdam blurs the psychological and physical boundaries between the viewer and the night-time park of the city; the temporary space for teenage hangouts, drug trafficking and sexual cruising. At the same time as representing a temporary space of release, the night-time park is also a part of the very mythology and narrative of the city.
from introduction to Art Now: Knut Asdam: Tate Britain: 2000
I have previously mentioned Åsdam’s essay ‘Heterotopia – Art, pornography and cemeteries’ (see below) but I also strongly recommend his website which opens up a treasure trove of heterotopias.