Perceiving (Political) Space

Carsten Friberg

Keywords: space, perception, phenomenology, political

This presentation is a philosophical reflection on the elements that form our perception of space. The reflection relates to Gernot Böhme’s phenomenological concept of atmosphere, which involves a notion of perception in which presence, and being affected by what is present to us, is central. Perceiving political space is about the implicit ideological elements affecting us and forming how we perceive space; it points to how perception is informed by political ideals embodied in the space in which we are present.