Blog Post 2—Re-orientation Exercise

(400-600 words – due 8pm 3 march)

Please follow Blog Instructions. Don’t forget to place in proper category or else I will not see it. Commenting on posts by your colleagues is encouraged!

Go back and re-read #4 of your introductory blog post (your favorite space). Using concepts learned in class—eg. Lefebvre’s triad, differential space, the sensory-inscribed body, whiteness, gender performance, the ways in which dominant forms of power have shaped the body, orientation, embodiment, lived experience, etc —provide a more detailed and critical analysis of the space you chose and include a new image. You don’t need to restate why it’s your favorite. Be specific.

Prompts to Assist in your Analysis:

If it is a space you frequent — take a photo/draw an image/diagram/etc of the space from a different vantage point than you did in your first blog post. Try to play around with orienting yourself in that space. What does that do to your understanding of that space? of the body? What do you discover? If this is a space that you cannot access during this time then obviously you can only do this through your imagination.

Do some research on the space—its history, politics, who produced this space, who reproduces this space to be what it is. If you cannot take a photo, find another type of image that you have taken of it, or someone else has. Be detailed, rigorous, and analytical. Don’t be afraid to be experimental and out there in your thinking. Engage in ludic play. What is an activity you would love to do in this space but cannot?

For example, if you chose the park in the summer as your favorite space, try to go now when it is cold. What meaning does the park have now? What does it do to your body? Is the park designed only to be used in the summer or in the winter too? What is the history of the design of that park? Is the park also used in ways that it is not intended to be used? If you usually sit and picnic in the park, try a different activity. Interrogate your habits in that space. You can change your perspective by sitting next to a tree, or maybe sitting in silence. Try to take the point of view of a bird, a tree, or a person excluded from that space, etc.


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