Gregory Crewdson in Of Other Spaces
Untitled, © Gregory Crewdson, 2001–2002
Do you by instinct start whispering when you enter the archways of museum galleries? Does the mere sight of the white walls in a hospital cause you to feel nauseated? Do you instantly straighten your spine when you walk in to a school?
These are the types of questions that the exhibition Of Other Spaces is trying to address. It is presented by the CCAD’s Bureau for Open Culture, and is inspired by Michel Foucault’s philosophy on social relations and cultural practices expressed in the intersection of space, architecture and history. Foucault presented the idea that spaces, also called heterotopias, are charged with socio-cultural authority and have an impact on our actions. Of Others Spaces wants us to consider the ways in which space is loaded with authority, and explores how it controls our behavior, activates memory, provides insight, and stimulates imagination under the influence of social-cultural conditions.