From the pages of NCR-02 comes a text from Adhocracy curatorial team member Pelin Tan.
How is the knowledge of threshold possible in urban space? The urban localities present a heterogeneous body that co-exists and which is bound together. Actual territories exist either at the periphery or in-between spaces in several different cities as spaces of threshold. Researching and engaging in an organic way into actual territories demands also to take part in the spatial resistance of it thus its experience. Experiencing such places as the artists, architects and urbanists encountered, demands an active understanding of the dynamics of the place. As Lang explains: “To interact with a place means understanding the dynamics that sustain it, including a sensitivity towards how such environments are entered and traversed”.[i] However, in such practices in which community engagement is immanent a radical experience of space is required.Not only engaging but creating a new practice of locality -that is connected to the future of a coming community and its current spatial practices- has the potential for new knowledge of urban threshold.
[i] Lang, Peter T., Stalker on location, chapter 10, p.198
in Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life
Edited by Karen A. Franck and Quentin Stevens
Routledge, November 2006