Tag Archives: Ritual

Rituals, Artefacts, and the Cohesive Forces of Community

When i met with Valerie yesterday, she gave me a gift: a small wooden pebble, decorated with some indigenous art, inscribed with the word ‘vision’. She gave different pebbles to other people, each different: considered, kind, meaningful. And worthless. At … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence

In something approaching, but failing to achieve, respectful silence, shuffling in subdued light through the cavernous rotunda, separated from our prey by a sheet of bulletproof glass, the group comes within sight of the Declaration of Independence. Well: a copy … Continue reading

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DC: Performance Space and Stories

This is a city geared up for performance. Architecture subdivides space: we can view buildings as a mass of wood and stone, glass and steel, the physical components of construction, or we can view them as the space that they … Continue reading

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Words About Learning: Transition

Spending tonight as an airport hotel: tedious spaces divorced from any notion, any semblance of normality. Not even a footpath back to civilisation: this is a transitional space, a space between where i came from and where i want to … Continue reading

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Cambodia Diary: Temples

The mass of architecture simply delineates space: It subdivides and subtracts from the sum total of the world, partitioning off a series of spaces purposed for ritual, function or play. Be it mud walls, steel doors or stone ramparts, the … Continue reading

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Emergent Ritual

The meaning of things can fall into history, even when the artefact itself persists. Like why we shake hands. Or give three kisses on the cheek. Or bow. Rituals, embedded in our culture, but not in any sense natural behaviours. … Continue reading

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Handshakes

Not the ones exchanged in meetings, where we gauge the strength of grip, the number of shakes and the dampness of the palm, but rather the ones between experiences. Working this week on the design of a programme for new … Continue reading

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