heterotopia

The six characteristics of Foucault’s heterotopia: 1. being “elsewheres” or “nowheres” that provide a space for moments of social crisis; 2. adapting to take on different meanings and functions over time; 3. juxtaposing incompatible sites within a single space; 4. a “sort of absolute break with traditional time”; 5. being isolated yet penetrable, open yet closed (a site, often, for rites of passage); 6. functioning “in relation to all the space that remains”—either as “a space of illusion that exposes every real space…or “a space that is other, another real space, as perfect, as meticulous, as well arranged as ours is messy, ill constructed, and jumbled.” (Foucault)

Garden as Heterotopia

Foucault uses the garden as an “other site” to illustrate the heterotopia as a spatial typology.  The heterotopia forms one side of a reflective relationship he describes between utopias  (as imaginary places) and heterotopias (as actual sites which are “other” enough to become alternative, actual realities).  This formula of ideal world (utopia) with other actual world (heterotopia) is what Foucault calls “a sort of simultaneously mythic and real contestation of the space in which we live.”  The heterotopia is a space, then of criticism, situating the subject between the actual (reflected) and the represented (the refraction).  The heterotopia, as a mirror that changes relationships of temporality, inside/outside, illusion/reality, normal/deviant, constructs a space that demands critical reflection on the larger context it reflects but from which it is, to some degree, removed. https://excavatingthegarden.wordpress.com/author/jtlynch/

Floating Garden, Mapping everything ETH Zürich and Berlin, 2011

Material: Flowers, River

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Studio Olafur Eliasson, Life in Space 2011

Material: Flowers, mixed media

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Garden Research for Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2011

Material: Flowers, mixed media

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Sweden. 2011

Material: Flowers, mixed media

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Thailand 2011

Material: Flowers, Crab

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Switzerland, 2011

Material: Flowers

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Switzerland, 2011

Material: Flowers

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Switzerland, 2011

Material: Flowers

Dimension: Urban Intervention

Floating Garden, Switzerland, 2011

Material: Flowers

Dimension: Urban Intervention

heterotopia (The Garden Research)