Portfolio of Margus Tamm

On Public Art as Communication Act

One of the central issues of the contemporary social and cultural geography is the differentiation between place and space, whereby space is related to physical objects and prescribed meanings, planning and production, while place refers to interpretation, use and psychogeography. The relationship between those two planes can be illustrated with an argument by French post-structuralist Michel de Certeau: ‘Place is a practiced space. [. . .] in relation to space, place is like the word when it is spoken.’ Speaking of public space, we are therefore speaking of a communication environment where information is constantly sent and received.


Essay in LIFT11 catalogue

LIFT11: Eleven Instants of Summer
5 pages

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