Space in the Space: Heterotopies of Hidden Protest in the Cinema Cover Image

Пространство в пространстве: гетеротопии скрытого протеста в кино
Space in the Space: Heterotopies of Hidden Protest in the Cinema

Author(s): Nijolė Keršytė
Subject(s): Social Theory, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla

Summary/Abstract: In the works of Foucault heterotopic space is conceptualized in substantialist terms. The relation between heterotopic and topic (or dominant) spaces is one of exteriority. This article deals with another form of heterotopy produced by situation, which I call relational. According to this perspective, a given space is not heterotopic apriori or by nature. It becomes so when a specific use or a certain practice takes place within its limits. Moreover, such spaces are not located outside but inside the corresponding topic spaces. In other terms, otherness occurs within identity. This kind of relationship between space on the one hand and action, movement or behaviour of an agent on the other, is observed in certain cinematographic narratives. Present analysis bears on such processes of production of heterotopicity in two films – Die Hard and The Pianist. Each of these displays a clandestine fight against dominant order, and in both that fight is manifested through a specific relation with dominant space.

  • Issue Year: 57/2015
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 211-220
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Russian