Trains of Thought: Particularities of Space and Recollection

Mary King

I am reflecting on the experience of being on a train, and the particular scenarios I found myself in as a byproduct of being in this space. In this work, I examine how events and moments are mediated through the spaces in which they occur. The particularities of a space can highlight otherwise invisible or menial aspects of an encounter, as well as raise questions regarding attention or harm. In a presentation that is part academic paper, part non-fiction, and part discussion based, I explore the particularities of space and how it affects qualities of moments that are drawn out, both in immediate experience and in recollection.



Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Lefebvre, The Production of Space

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Paul Virillo, The Aesthetics of Disappearance