Questions for Christophe Bruchansky, by Kati Blom

Christophe Bruchansky invited ISPA to comment on his essay “Welcome to My Place: a philosophical paper on the appropriation of space” which presents an analysis of non-place simply and subtly conceived. Exploring ideas regarding verticality, Bruchansky describes the signification process in all types including markets, restaurants and playgrounds. Bruchansky’s video work filmed in Hong Kong further compliments his study of verticality and is exhibited here along with questions for the philosophically inclined artist.

1. It seems that the history of the skyscraper and their relationship to commerce is overlooked or ignored. Is there a reason why these aspects do not come into play in your work?

2. Auge’s non-place describes a highly commercial global environment (e.g. airports, petrol stations, etc.) with one-dimensional and straightforward appropriation making it easy to ‘travel’ or ‘eat’ or ‘get petrol’ in a non-individual way, not a physically unpleasant place, nor historically shallow place per se. How is this taken into consideration in your work?

3. Your reading appears to be post-modernist, believing that we are free to choose whatever reading we like. This raises the question as to whether place has got any say in the discussion. If this is the case, then it does not make sense to use the distinction place versus non-place, if any place can become a non-place, re-readable for a nomad or a meaningful place for ‘sedentists’.

4. Would you agree that your work suggests Auge is reactionary?

5. The point about the ‘narrative’ architect is a reaction against Auge’s supposedly reactionary idea of anthropological place, and being is composed as an opposition to ‘places impose a strong narrative’. Isn’t it so that the difference is rather quantitative?

6. Do you consider yourself an artist, a writer, even a philosopher?

Harvard Citation Guide: Blom, K. (2012) Questions for Christophe Bruchansky, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 17 Jan 2011, Available at: [Accessed: 01 June 2012].

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