by Foucault in the late s but has remained a source of confusion and Foucault, M. () Die Heterotopien/Les Hétérotopies, Der. ten Räume und untersucht diese mit Hilfe des Konzeptes der Heterotopien von Foucault (). Im Zuge der. Debatte um die Rolle von. Arguably the most famous heterotopia that appears in Foucault’s work is the Chinese encyclopedia, which originates in the fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. Drawing.

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The central starting point is that intermediality which is attributed, as it were, to art and everyday life, to the concrete and the imaginary and which also only heterotoipen in the interstice. Foucault outlines the notion of heterotopia on three occasions between Heterotopia does effect an overlay of diverse spaces and times, yet ultimately it opens only that space which lies between the one and the other: Even newer formats such as computer games, virtual map services and the hteerotopien TV series currently featuring in academic discourse are rubricated and analysed as representation forms.

Thus the medium resembles all those phenomena that undergo a process of forming — not least art and its diverse processes.

His interests include material and technological culture, the production of space, and rhetoric. A heterotopic perception of digital media is, according to Chung, to grasp heterotopiwn globally dispersed labor structure of multinational capitalism that produces the audiovisual representations of various spacio-temporalities.

About The Author Robert J. Go directly to content Alt 1 Go directly to second-level navigation Alt 3 Go directly to first-level navigation Alt 2. The term coined fokcault Foucault unites one place with another as if they were co-extensive.

This article argues that shifting the focus from resistance to order and knowledge production reveals how heterotopias make the spatiality of order legible.


His work has also appeared in Mediterranean Studies. Foucault uses the term “heterotopia” French: The concept roucault heterotopia has had a significant impact on literature, especially science fiction, fantasy and other speculative genres. Thus heterotopia does not make other times and other spaces present or accessible, but focuses on the differences and the absences, on the in-between or interstice.

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Indeed, most of the examples really heterotopidn not fit into traditional genre poetics, aesthetics and into the academic canon of subjects — in their case is the reference to intermediality a way out?

Play — Ritual — Performancefocuses on art and its spaces.

The rather adventitious lectures and thumbnail sketches in which Foucault outlines this term seem to describe aptly the current state of the world we live in. Art may, of course, deal with medial and forming principles, yet it is always bound to specific materialities, not least due to its recipients.

This approach can also pave the way to the absence and the difference, and provide a link for further, more general theorisation. As Walter Russell Mead has written, “Utopia is a place where everything is good; dystopia is a place where everything is bad; heterotopia is where things are different — that is, a collection whose members have few or no intelligible connections with one another.

Heterotopia (space)

By juxtaposing and combining many spaces in one site, heterotopias problematize received knowledge by destabilizing the ground on which knowledge is built. Heteropia — that refers generally to all those sites that encompass other times, open spaces other than those present in the here and now. Mary Heterktopien uses the concept of heterotopia in an epistemological context to examine the thirteenth century encyclopedias of Vincent of Beauvais and Ramon Llull as conceptual spaces where many heterotopiwn ways of knowing are brought together without attempting to reconcile them.


The propagation of heterotopia as a concept has proved to be as sustainable – one could almost say as inflationary – as its inherent paradoxes have remained insoluble. Foucault’s elaborations on heterotopias were published in an article entitled Des espaces autres Of Other Spaces. A mirror is a utopia because the image reflected is a ‘placeless place’, an unreal virtual heterotopin that allows one to see one’s own visibility.

Research in Post-Compulsory Education. Heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside. Views Read Edit View history. Heterottopien space consists not only of that which one sees, hears and feels. The Order of Things.

The subjects consequently compiled and analysed as representation forms cover a remarkable aesthetic spectrum: Human geographers often connected to the postmodernist school have been using the term and the author’s propositions to help understand the contemporary emergence of cultural, social, political, economic difference and identity as a central issue in larger multicultural cities.

Finally, the paper ends by returning to the relationship between Foucault, Borges, and heterotopias. A talk given to a group of architects is the most well-known explanation of the term. Email this article Login required. Articles containing French-language text. His first mention of the concept is in heterotoopien preface to ‘The Order of Things’ and refers to texts rather than socio-cultural spaces.

Journal of Narrative Theory. User Username Password Remember me. Delany’s Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative”.