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space and behaviour

March 14, 2009

Yesterday’s spaces seem non-existent to us because only ours seems worthy of the word ‘space’ and full of the meaning that we give to it.  The rest of us, adults, too often forget that the notion of space is acquired like the prose of Monsieur Jourdain.

Often the idea no longer corresponds to living reality: in painting there is a lack of understanding, in architecture disorder in the planning and organisation of cities.

We forget how children approach space with that direct spontaneity that is impossible to preserve.

Childhood is perhaps the only time when we truly live in space; even though obviously it soon becomes this transitional object, produced from the replacement of the illusion more than the image of the real; although reality was utilized as image and as support to the illusion.

Space is both place and revelation at the same time.

It is our continuation while yet being everything that is foreign to us.

Occidentals find it difficult to believe that the better part of humanity doesn’t conceive space like they do.

Olivier Debré
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2009 12:41 am

    Hello, pensum.

    Great post. I particularly like the line: It is our continuation while yet being everything that is foreign to us…as if to say: something remains unrevealed, unsaid, even amidst what is most familiar.

  2. March 16, 2009 9:44 am

    greetings b, glad you liked the post after all, as you know, it was in response to your own! thanks for inspiring me to dig the translation out and make it available.

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