Monday, July 31, 2017

Path of freedom

“ ... [I]f it is true that a spatial order organizes an ensemble of possibilities (e.g., by a place in which one can move) and interdictions (e.g., by a wall that prevents one from going further), then the walker actualizes some of these possibilities. In that way, he makes them exist as well as emerge. But he also moves them about and he invents others, since the crossing, drifting away, or improvisation of walking privilege, transform, or abandon spatial elements. ... [T]he walker transforms each spatial signifier in something else. And if on the one hand he actualizes only a few of the possibilities fixed by the constructed order (he goes only here and not there), on the other he increases the number of possibilities (for example, by creating shortcuts and detours) and prohibitions (for example, he forbids himself to take paths generally considered accessible or even obligatory). He thus makes a selection.”
From Michel de Certeau, The practice of everyday life. Berkeley etc.: University of California Press, 1984; p. 98.

Authorities try to plan and guide behaviour, but people are free and follow their own paths.

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