This lecture was presented by Greta and Dene. It focused on the fictional and real dimensions of space.
To begin the lecture we focused on home and what it means to us all. For almost everyone, home is a place of comfort and safety. It becomes a familiar surrounding as many of us spends their lives at home, it becomes a place of relaxation and privacy. A home can become a place of nostalgia to many, for those who grow up with in it or even those who watch their children grow up inside home, because of this the home is something that can affect how we are in the future.
Dene compared a persons home to their ‘roots’ as it keeps us grounded. It’s where we come from and where we grow. Something we can depend on and we are attached to emotionally. From this, Dene went on to talk about Pierre Bourdieu’s study of the The Berber House and how a home has organised relative to genders. Dene then went on to watch the intro for The Jetsons in which it was clear the genders had sexist roles. The intro began with the family entering the car, the kids being dropped off at school, the mother going to the mall (with her husbands credit card) and the father goes to work. Much like the stereotype that ‘the woman’s place is in the kitchen’ it suggested the wife of the family doesn’t work or ‘woman just shop and will steal your credit card’.
In comparison to all of this, Dene went on to talk about Dogtooth, a tv show, in which children are kept with in a house and told that the outside is dangerous in order to convince them to stay indoors. This is a contrast to the concept of home being a place of comfort but it isn’t at the same time. From the perception of the children, who have been lied to, this is their idea of safety from a description of a world that isn’t true. However, to the viewer who have a realistic view of the outside world, the concept of their home is a prison in which they cant leave.
Greta focused on the Non-spaces using the Truman show as her first example (the image for the title page). This film follows the story of a man in what he believes to be his everyday life. However, he is completely unaware that the street, where he works and even his wife is all fake and he is part of a tv show which is broadcasted across the world. We watch him fall apart as he comes to the realisation that everything he has known wasn’t real, it was all staged.
Following this, Greta explored fake realities in real life like Disneyland and LOLA (from NASA). The main focus was whether we really need fake realities and what were they good for? When discussing this, the main positive seemed to be that it was a form of escapism or a way for us to appreciate reality much like films, reading and even gaming. In Disneyland, we all know its not real (apart from kids), and for most of adults its a place of nostalgia. We are surrounded by things of the past, our comfort and something familiar, where as for children it is something new and exciting and different. The negatives, was mainly about what its like from a child’s perspective, endorsing this fake reality as a possible future for them even though it will never really happen. For me personally, I believe Disneyland is a place that brings joy to many people, of all ages.