The Mirror Revisited: Possibly Conditioned Geographies

Authors: Ulf Strohmayer*, University of Ireland Galway
Topics: Geographic Theory, Cultural Geography, Geographic Thought
Keywords: Landscape, Lacan, Epistemology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
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This short intervention aims to explore the spaces of possible Lacanian landscapes through the art of Gillian Weaving. Her preoccupation with the production of images beyond traditional mirroring (or ‘representational’) techniques points towards an understanding of processes of articulation as both open-ended and materially present. Lacanian understandings of topology made us appreciate the many ways in which spaces are real beyond the customary preoccupation with topographic distance. However, rather than juxtapose a Lacanian understanding of space against their ‘extensive’ understandings, the paper seeks to engage with Lacan’s potentially infinity of mirrored articulations of self and other in the form of structures or landscapes. Moving beyond geographers’ emphasis on Lacan’s established topology (e.g. see Blum and Secor 2014, Secor 2013, Kingsbury 2007), the paper contends that represented articulations – what habitually we refer to as ‘landscapes’ – offer the promise of a new vocabulary that engages those otherwise hostile to theoretical or (post-) structuralist reflections.

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