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Inter-story

Suzie Attiwill.


If one approaches history as a process of ordering the world through writing and speaking which locates events and things, makes connections and produces a sense of location be it spatial or temporal then it seems timely to rethink what kinds of orders are relevant to now and what kind of history can be written. In Western culture, two types of order have dominated history - the linear and the dialectical. In the arrangement, selection and classification of past events and things, history has been written based on the concept of foundations and shaped by analysis, rationalism and exclusion. The present, the actual space of location, is assumed as a self-given ground, which remains unquestioned. Global forces, however, are transforming what it is to be grounded and indeed located; different types of mobility are creating dynamic localities. The present can no longer be assumed as stable ground on which to stand nor as a neutral container in which to place things. This in turn beckons another history - one that is not re-writing (re-righting) what has been made invisible by previous histories but one which encounters the present. Such a history might be called 'inter-story'. It gestures towards a different order from the linear or dialectical, and enters between. This paper considers the potential and implications of 'inter-story' - of a history that is 'inter', both spatially and temporally - and the next world order it proposes.

Presenters

Suzie Attiwill  (Australia)
Lecturer in Interior Design
School of Architecture and Design
RMIT University

Suzie Attiwill is a lecturer in School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University. She also maintains an independent practice which involves the design of exhibitions, curatorial work, writing and working on a range of interdisciplinary projects.

Keywords
  • History
  • Space and Time
  • Interior
  • Linear and Dialectical Knowledge Structures
  • Inter- as a Different Proposition
  • Globalism and Location
  • History as a Writing of the Present
  • Inter-story



(30 min Conference Paper, English)