Doreen Massey in A Global Sense of Place writes:
One of the results of globalisation is an increasing uncertainty about what we mean by places, and how we relate to them. How, in the face of all this movement and intermixing, can we retain any sense of a local place and its particularity? An idealized notion of an era when places were inhabited supposedly by coherent and homogenous communities is set against the current fragmentation and disruption. The counter position is anyway dubious, of course; place’ and community’ have only rarely been coterminous. But the occasional longing for such coherence is none-the-less a sign of the geographic fragmentation, the spatial disruptions, of our times. And occasionally, too, it has been part of what has given rise to defensive and reactionary responses – certain forms of nationalism, sentimentalizd recovering of sanitized heritages’ and outright antagonism to newcomers and outsiders.’ One of the effects of such responses is that place itself, the seeking after a sense of place, has come to be seen by some as necessarily reactionary.
Massey then calls for a sense of place to be progressive, not self-closing and defensive but outward looking. It is in this spirit that the two memorial works have been presented. The SIEV X and La Linea projects grapple with the complex qualities of memory and remembrance practices in relation to contemporary social and political issues that can affect urbanizing cultures. Ultimately, the project work queries whom we as a society select as worthy of memorials as well as the forms assumed by contemporary memorials. Massey calls for the possibility of developing a politics of mobility and access’. These memorials highlight in an activist manner what currently occurs without such politics (Massey 1991: 28). In Juarez, where the underlying urban condition results from encouraged economic mobility and access to free trade, it is paradoxical that the border is a place entirely defined by control and lack of flexibility. Brett’s proposition calls for an outward-looking acknowledgement that borders are spaces that should accommodate flux and that cities that straddle border conditions should celebrate their inherent character as places of transience, mobility and access. In Canberra, where the fundamental premises of national identity are imbued in the city’s urban morphology, and monuments attest to our nation-state’s ability to offer a fair go’ to all Australians, memorial landscapes are not accommodating the evolving sense of who we are: a diverse and complex society without a collective, shared past. Fixed notions of history and collective identity prevent our monumental and iconic spaces in Canberra from changing with our society’s values, conflicts and constructs.
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