Translocated is a platform for reflection and artistic practices revolving around the nature of urban space as places of encounter, imagination and agency, examining the complex inter-relationships formed between people, buildings and space through shared memory and experience.
Translocated is an attempt to define the common language unknowingly shared and spoken by city dwellers, underlining the metropolis as a micro-state where notions of national culture and identity have been replaced by a unified sense of belonging.
Beyond the urban structure lying around us in the public realm, beyond the patterns of streets and buildings and the isometric physical space, exist individual pockets of personal spaces. Through psychological mapping of the streets we live in, stories that unfold and collide, flows of people and ideas, the city is formed by our multiple experiences of it. The very concept of a ‘city’ is actually a construction of the mind, more than a mere architectural embodiment. as a product of human actions rather than an inert physical environment, result of diverse spatial constellations of intersecting, contradictory, and conflicting practices and experiences with no single or dominant logic.
Communal representation / personal spaces
The city is amenable to a dazzling variety of lives, dreams, interpretations. Mapping the thresholds between the myths, aspirations, memories held by many, and confronting them with the daily experience of urban space, visualising the interplay between the spaces of the city and their representations in collective consciousness, unearthing a network of vernaculars, intertwined narratives, hidden stories, to produce a communal geography of affects. Source of wonder and excitement for many, what hopes, dreams or promises does the city hold for migrants, travellers and inhabitants alike?
What is the relationship between people and place in a city of the globalised world? Reader, traveller, visitor, passer-by, tourist or inhabitant – we all construct our own images and impressions. Through all these different experiences and activities, the city may be perceived successively as a homely or deserted territory, a giant labyrinth of threats or possibilities, bringing about feelings of alienation or familiarity. What sense of place do we form? How do we begin to record and understand the city, and organise chaos into order?