Cast By The Sun

Place is a strange value; how does this term and status become designated to a specific location or geography? Some attributes of spatial recognition and identification must conspire to evoke a special condition of physical memory that embraces the establishment of place as a ‘something’ as opposed to a ‘nothing’. In most cases, this designation is not achieved as a substitution of something for nothing, but as an amalgam, a doppelganger of both nothing and something. This doubling conspires to make the term ‘place’ function simultaneously as a fusion of place and non-place. In the instance of the Australian subtropical city of Brisbane, it is a place created as much by erasure as by establishment. This act of erasure functions as a political act of active censorship of what already exists and has existed prior to one’s act of recognition and, in so doing, ensures the perpetual presence of the value non-place within the establishment of place. In one sense, the emphasis here is on what appears after the act of disappearance. There is the question of the persistence of place, something that endures after its disappearance, and speaks to an order outside of what appears as place.