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Sunday, 13 September 2009 02:00

Wellington, 2009

By  Vincent Bezuidenhout
Wellington 2009 Wellington 2009
Heterotopia is a concept elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions. Space itself has a history in Western experience, which I wanted to explore. These are spaces of otherness, which are neither here nor there, and are simultaneously physical and mental.

A utopia is an idea or an image that is not real but represents a perfected version of society, such as Thomas More's book or Le Corbusier's drawings. Foucault uses the term heterotopia to describe spaces that have more layers of meaning or relationships to other places than immediately meet the eye. In general, a heterotopia is a physical representation or approximation of a utopia (like the city of Brasilia), or a parallel space that contains undesirable bodies to make a real utopian space possible (like a prison).
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