recto/verso – issue 03 part I ∙ non places


issue 03 part I – non places is online


Inspired by a quote from Mark Augé stating that if a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place recto/verso continues his peregrination on the topic of ruins. Non-places are products of our times, called by this author supermodernity. Highways, airports, train stations, shopping malls are not old enough yet to become ruins and may never be. Their lack of symbolic roots in culture and obvious universality doesn’t create a desire to keep them longer than they are practically useful. Spaces of transit, where people are just passing strangers, non-places don’t encourage us to linger, their nature is of movement.

Issue 03 part I by recto/verso is published with a cover that draws on a color palette used in the SNCF logo (French national train service). The contributions prepared for this publication –question or investigate ideas of non-places –naturally focused on travel, freedom of movement, transfer, the dynamics of different kinds of dislocation. Giulia Bortoluzzi recorded public transport ‘sounds’ in Milan. In her conversations with Italian architect Matilde Cassani, held in two precise locations in the city (one historically and culturally recognized as sacred and the second an apparently neutral place that has become sacred for a marginal religious community), they discuss their functions and relation people have with them. Amandine Mohamed-Delaporte continues her travel through Lyon, this time starting from the Part-Dieu train station she identifies non-places around this inner-city area and their ambiguous nature. Anna Tomczak looks at whether the Internet could be considered as a non-place by guiding us on a trip within, with links to images,  artworks based on internet and websites.


.non-places of the internet – to scroll
.dossier non-place by Amandine Mohamed-Delaporte
.in coversation with Matilde Cassani
.next stop
.to watch:  Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio 
.to read: airport novel

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