Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Situated knowledge

Situated knowledge can occur anywhere because it is about an alignment. Place is rendered through the practice of a quality of contact; a certain consideration in the implications of contacting that surface at that time in that way and an attention to the details of whether there is a sinking down or a bouncing up. Events are made by allowing a gage between opposing tendencies to play out. What happens, happens in the space held open. Place then is anywhere one concerns oneself with and situated knowledge is the listening in to the feedback of one’s own presence in relation to others. Surfaces are activated and can become the site of accounts, stories, inscriptions, dances, performances. They run through buildings, terminals, tracks, dead-ends, falls and beginnings because they trace the progressive indescrepancies of conscious and unconscious states and all the possibilities that lie
in-between. They make a language out of what is placed between words. Words then are spoken before their meanings are known and are understood as sensory impressions of hot/cold, proximal/distance.
April 2008

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