Dylan Trigg’s The Memory of Place offers a lively and original intervention into contemporary debates within “place studies,”. I’ve recently reviewed Dylan Trigg’s ‘The Memory of Place: A Phenomenology of the Uncanny’ for the journal ‘Emotion, Space and Society’. The Memory of Place: a Phenomenology of the Uncanny (). Dylan Trigg At the same time, the question of what constitutes place The Memory of.

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Were one to nitpick, one could say the work is limited by its persistent humorlessness. We carry places with us. The suggestion that phenomenology has become displaced, as though reduced to a static point within an ongoing narrative, or even pushed be- yond that narrative, is a legitimate way to begin placing phenomenology. In each case, the entrenched familiarity threatens to overthrow our expectations of how things ought to be.

If I trjgg become accustomed to writing at this desk and in this chair, then over time the sur- roundings of this environment will gain a normative quality for me, such that without them, my practices are disturbed.

For this reason, Mer- leau-Ponty is entitled to declare: But within that time, our actions fall by the wayside through kemory assimilated into a pregiven routine. No contribution is too small. At the same time, the places we attach ourselves to are themselves spatially extended into the world.

Along with space and place, time and place form another dovetailing pair. The transition from Husserl to Heidegger and then to Merleau-Ponty is telling: The primacy of one of the senses vision, but also any other is im- portant only if perception finally determines appearance, therefore only if appearance itself in the final analysis falls under the jurisdic- tion of perception—in short, only if appearance meemory at the outset to the apparition of the placf itself, where, as in trial by fire, the ap- paratus of appearance and even of perception is consumed in order to let arise what is at issue.

Trigg inherits his arguments in favor of the uncanny mostly from the phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty though Edmund Husserl and Gaston Bachelard are also cited quite frequently.


However, as I draw nearer to that which is above and below me, so another horizon of distinctions is es- tablished. Instead, the impossibility of the reduction testifies to its multifarious nature and endless potential.

An entire shift in mood takes over. This answer is clearly not, given that complete abeyance from the natural world does not negate gradients of suspension being involved. The phenomenological renewal of things is not limited to the visual realm. By leaving the world exposed to uncertainty, dynamism is maintained and our own place in that tension is amplified. The phantom limb is not the mere outcome of objective causality; no more is it a cogitatio. For this reason, the felt temporal experience of a given day is inextricably bound with the movements of the body, such that the same day can diminish or expand in time according to the level of spatial activity.

Nothing less than a complete mode of intelligence is at stake, enveloping the discontinuous breaks in life with a thread of consistency quite distinct from abstract knowledge. Ultraviolet is cast, resulting in such a radical shift in sensory impressions that the pineal gland—celebrated for confounding Descartes—becomes an object of scientific scrutiny: Trigg, place is thought of as an empirical idea, which has a reality independent of human life.

Only now, once returned to phe- nomenologically, a modification occurs, such that how we previously ap- prehended an object becomes a space of distortion ;lace incursion.

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One important misunderstanding of phenomenology that arises from the centrality of descriptiveness suggests that it entails an introspective descrip- tion of the contents of consciousness. All of this memoory retroactively, and in time.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. As bodily subjects, we neces- sarily have a relationship oof the places that surround us.

With- out exposure to this shift in shadow and light, the experience of time would undergo massive augmentation.

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And so in an attic laboratory the experiment dawns: Only because the body occupies a specific location is the dimension- ality of spatiality possible as such. Does habit rob us of time? In this way, the idealistic dimension of natural science will become profoundly related to the indeterminacy and vagueness encountered in daily life. At which point did I cease feeling a visitor in this room and more a fundamental part of it? Thus, things that we cherished as assuming a particular appearance—warm, imposing, intricate—tend to materialize as malformed, unsettled, overrun, and, in a word: Lovecraft to Martin Heidegger.


We become used to thinking that all of this exists necessarily and unshakably. Thinking through this claim in light of the act of writing phenomenology, the passage can be seen as an invitation toward a horizon that is forever proving elusive. But the place of things in the world is not fixed, and when experience is interrupted, then we become aware of their nothingness as a presence, a point both Sartre and Heidegger labor repeatedly.

With my bodily self as the determining force, I draw whatever is around me into my body. Three distinct features, all of which will be developed in turn, can be provi- sionally spelled out in this respect.

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Quite the oppo- site. Rather, when I begin to survey the world around me, when I reflect upon how my body stretches out into the world, a dialectic forms between myself as a con- ductor of phenomenology and myself as a living human, with a history that trails through my body.

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Consider in this light the logical impossibly of being no-where. Even before it is in my visual line of sight, the station is already being perceived by my body, whereupon my body extends into the world of the train station long before the train station is a visual object for me. Thus, we experience place in an affective way.