PLACES AND SPACES
GLOBAL SOIL FERTILITY
For my bachelor thesis I dealt with the versatility of places and spaces, focusing mainly on the concept of
Non-Places by the french ethnologist and anthropologist Marc Augé. Non-Places are described as
functional places devoid of meaning, without any identity, leading to loneliness. Typical non-places are,
airports, train stations, supermarkets, hotel chains, etc. In other words, public places
that have been created by man to always serve a practical purpose.
I dealt with Marc Augé's theory and analyze his arguments. On the basis of which aspects
do we define a place nowadays and what makes a place a non-place?
How does digitalization change our perception of space?
I focused on the structure, the atmosphere and the function of these non-places and
decided to create an immersive room installation. In doing so I play with the perception of space
and strengthen the awareness of three-dimensionality and locality. The dimension of this installation
represents an important role in the effect and perception. Furthermore, this form of installation
allows the viewer to experience the space from near and far.
DESIGNED AT Academy of Art and Design Basel YEAR 2020
"If a place can be defined as relational,
historical and concerned with identity,
then a space which cannot be defined
as relation, or historical, or concerned
with identity will be a non-place."
- Marc Augé