by Foucault in the late s but has remained a source of confusion and Foucault, M. () Die Heterotopien/Les Hétérotopies, Der. ten Räume und untersucht diese mit Hilfe des Konzeptes der Heterotopien von Foucault (). Im Zuge der. Debatte um die Rolle von. Arguably the most famous heterotopia that appears in Foucault’s work is the Chinese encyclopedia, which originates in the fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. Drawing.

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How to cite item. Foucault uses the term “heterotopia” French: The concept of a heterotopia has also been discussed heterotpoien relation to the space in which learning takes place. It is certainly a daring undertaking to put both heterotopia and intermedial aesthetics in the title of a humanities compendium in the hope that the potentisation of the undefined could contribute to its perspectivation. University Of Chicago Press.

Delany’s Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative”. The subjects consequently compiled and analysed as representation forms cover a remarkable aesthetic spectrum: Since media are meanwhile no longer technologically determined, have emancipated themselves foucautl their material carriers, they currently appear as no more than references and transfers of form — according to one of the provocative, introductory theses of the leading media scientists.

Heteropia — that refers generally to all those sites ehterotopien encompass other times, open spaces other than those present in the here and now.

Heterotopia (space)

Art may, of course, deal with medial and forming principles, yet fohcault is always bound to specific materialities, not least due to fiucault recipients. The geographer Edward Soja has worked with this concept in dialogue with the works of Henri Lefebvre concerning urban space in the book Thirdspace. The heterotopia of the mirror is at once absolutely real, relating with the real space surrounding it, and absolutely unreal, creating a virtual image.

Keywords Deleuze Ethics Foucault Resistance civil society counter-conduct disability ethnography examination freedom genealogy governmentality knowledge neoliberalism power reception refusal self subjectivity surveillance truth.

Foucault, Borges, Heterotopia: Producing Knowledge in Other Spaces | Topinka | Foucault Studies

It is hardly surprising that these days the term is also applied to those hetrotopien appliances that make possible an apparent overcoming of times and spaces: Thus heterotopia heterotoopien not make other times and other spaces present or accessible, but focuses on the differences and the absences, on the in-between or interstice. This article argues that shifting the focus from resistance to order and knowledge production reveals how heterotopias make the spatiality of order legible.


Heterotopia follows the template established by the notions of utopia and dystopia. A mirror is a utopia because the image reflected is a ‘placeless place’, an unreal virtual place that allows one to see one’s own visibility. Play — Ritual — Performancefocuses on art and its spaces. It is not the material differences of radio, television, film and computer that enable one to outline a conception of media and their specific quality.

The term coined by Foucault unites one place with another hfterotopien if they were co-extensive. Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology: Topinka is a graduate student at the University of Kansas. The central starting point is that intermediality which is attributed, as it were, to art and everyday life, to the concrete and the imaginary and which also only appears in the interstice. Mary Franklin-Brown uses the concept of heterotopia in an epistemological context to examine the thirteenth century encyclopedias of Vincent of Beauvais and Ramon Llull as conceptual spaces where many possible ways of knowing are brought together without attempting to reconcile them.

Indeed, most of the examples really do not fit into traditional genre poetics, aesthetics and into the academic canon of subjects — in their case is the reference to intermediality a way out?

All material offered in Dance and Theatre. The propagation of heterotopia as a concept has proved to be as sustainable – one could almost say as inflationary – as its inherent paradoxes have remained insoluble.

Article Tools Print this article. Even newer formats such as computer games, virtual map services and the obligatory TV series currently featuring in academic discourse are rubricated and analysed as representation forms.

Human geographers often connected to the postmodernist school have been using the term and the author’s propositions to help understand the contemporary emergence of cultural, social, political, economic difference and identity as a central issue in larger multicultural cities. Journal of Narrative Theory. In this they counteract the definition of art and culture as a forming process. Email this article Login required.

Thus the medium resembles all those phenomena that undergo a process of forming — not least art and its diverse processes. Yet heterotopias always remain connected to the dominant order; thus as heterotopias clash with dominant orders, they simultaneously produce new ways of knowing.


A heterotopic perception of digital media is, according to Chung, to grasp the globally dispersed labor structure of multinational capitalism that produces the audiovisual representations of various spacio-temporalities.

His first mention of the concept is in his preface to ‘The Order of Things’ and refers to texts rather than socio-cultural spaces. Views Read Edit View history. A utopia is an idea or an image that is not real but represents a perfected version of society, such as Thomas More’s book or Le Corbusier ‘s drawings.

User Username Password Remember me. The concept of heterotopia has had a significant impact on literature, especially science fiction, fantasy and other speculative genres. In the reception it brings forth further socio-political or economic aspects that clearly extend beyond the question of form, and it is thus captured entirely in this moment.

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The rather adventitious lectures and thumbnail sketches in which Foucault outlines this term seem to describe aptly the current state of the world we live in. Essential Works of Foucault,Volume 2. Spiel – Ritual — Performanz Aesthetics of Intermediality: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age. As Walter Russell Mead has written, “Utopia is a place where everything fucault good; dystopia is a place where everything is bad; heterotopia is where things are different — that is, a collection whose members have few or no intelligible connections with one another.

This approach can also pave the way to the absence and the difference, and provide a link for further, more general theorisation.

Foucault outlines the notion of heterotopia on three occasions between The editors are evidently well aware that this is a risky venture.

His work has also appeared in Mediterranean Studies.