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Words and things: souvenirs of over-site/over-sight for place-making

Keane, Jondi, West, Patrick and Jeremijenko, Valerie 2013, Words and things: souvenirs of over-site/over-sight for place-making, in Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference; 2013, Australasian Association of Writing Programs, [Canberra, ACT], pp. 1-12.

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Title Words and things: souvenirs of over-site/over-sight for place-making
Author(s) Keane, JondiORCID iD for Keane, Jondi orcid.org/0000-0002-6553-3313
West, Patrick
Jeremijenko, Valerie
Conference name Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference (18th : 2013 : Canberra, ACT)
Conference location Canbera, ACT
Conference dates 25-27 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference; 2013
Editor(s) Strange, Shane
Rozynski, Kay
Publication date 2013
Conference series Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication [Canberra, ACT]
Keyword(s) meteorites
over-site
place
senses
souvenirs
Summary This paper addresses the problem of making things in a given place (Qatar), and asks how anticipations and memories of place contribute to practice-based manoeuvres of place-making. Flying across time zones and travelling through sites suggests aspects of place-making that would draw upon both a notion of meteorites coming to earth and an awareness of the sensory consequences of global travelling. What this experience also suggests is an ‘over-sight’ (‘over-site’) in how travellers remember a place for themselves, and how they re-member it for others in the form of souvenirs. Going to a place might often default to an envisioning of pre-emptive or imaginary souvenirs in anticipation of the destination; thinking about what a place might be like is hard to separate from what we think we will eventually take away from it. Thus, the idea to be explored is how we might ‘make in to place’ as much as we ‘make something in-place,’ which perhaps results in ‘making some thing into a place’. Etymologically, souvenir already suggests this in its derivation from Old French: ‘to remember, come to mind.’ How does one ‘come to remembering’ in a place that, like all planetary places, will always be both global and local? Perhaps it depends on how one lands in a place…. Meteoroids remain in orbit around a place: nascent souvenirs always above the horizon, un-made place-makings. Meteors come closer to landing but still, by definition, burn up in the atmospheres of the new place. Meteorites, though, land: they suggest what we mean by the human element of ‘makings in-/to place.’ Travelling from somewhere, to somewhere yet to be fully determined, meteorites (people and/or words and/or senses) reflect the dispersion and compression of sensory (thing-based) and word-based experiences of place. Drawing on the work of Paul Hopper, Paul Carter, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Michel Serres, William Desmond and Julia Kristeva, the paper concludes that words evoke a place in which the present might take place, and that the senses evoke a present in which place might take place.
ISBN 9780980757378
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
190504 Performance and Installation Art
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2013, Australasian Association of Writing Programs
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