Class Notes 3/7/16

Nersessova’s Tapestry of Space Who is the audience? People interested in homelessness Photographers/tourists Homeowners Policy makers What is the purpose? As an eye opener To critique capitalism or other facets of our economics system To think differently about our position and relative precariousness To inform What is the context? Written in 2014 Economic recovery from housing market crash and recession Wages are still stagnant, and a lot of people are still renting People are just emerging from their status of homelessness Republican controlled Congress with a Democratic president Government gridlock What is her argument? Links media to customer desire Media images create desire in customers A lot of people got interested in making a lot of money, and did not think about the consequences it would have on others. Analyses Morton’s photographs to show the real side of everything The real images of homelessness Does not arouse consumer desire, instead it raises feelings of empathy Counter agents of images seen in the media We should be changing the way we think about homelessness, and understand the psychological aspects of it. Nersessova critiques homelessness, but she does not provide a solution for it...

A Summary of Nersessova’s analysis on Morton’s Photography

In this article, “Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities of Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York”, the author Nersessova examines the photography of Margaret Morton’s book “The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City.” These photographs provided stories that redefine what a home is through random material. The life of these people is criticized through the Situationalist International Theory presented by Karl Marx. She talk about the impact of the urban space and the effect it has on the human behavior. The article looks at the bigger picture of “homeless” people and compares them to those who considered themselves not homeless. The homelessness that Morton demonstrates in her photos is used to show how connected the space, the people, and social issues are. The social issues that persists in the urban areas results in a response from the people through art or emotions. For example a man in the article built himself a tunnel and living under the underground helps him find who he is. They build without exploiting their things as others do. In the article the author suggests examining the idea of Morton’s photography through the Situationalist International Theory where it provides further exploration in the urban environment. The goal of the SI is to remove the division of life and art and show the direct relationship between the two and how it is visible through the environmental influence on human behavior. The author suggests a use of techniques in the SI that examines the environmental space. She talk about the dérive being an unplanned journey through the environment and a flâneur who is...

Summary #2

“Tapestry Of Space: Domestic Architecture And Underground Communities In Margaret Morton’s Photography Of A Forgotten New York.” Margaret Morton photo, Google Images The article opens up discussing Margaret Morton’s photographs. It states that “Margaret Morton’s photographs of New York’s homeless demonstrate how urban space impacts the psyche and directs behavior” (Nersessova). It then goes on to explain what the article will discuss. However, I will be focusing my summary on the section Domestic Architecture. It opens up with “The very idea of domestic architecture is a new understanding of structural design, and it assigns a different meaning to homelessness” (Nersessova). It goes on to discuss the categorization of “homeless”. It states that the difference is the level of vulnerability and level of awareness of that vulnerability. With the homeless facing the reality of vulnerability, it shows the inventive nature of endurance. The creation of personal space is difficult for homeless people in the richest population of the city. It states, “To allow people to create their own personal space would be to give them the right housing and to remove the damaging stereotypes of laziness and need for charity” (Nersessova). It continues and discusses that Morton “celebrates the power of the human creativity of the homeless” (Nersessova). The areas in which the homeless are living, is usually described by outsiders, but Morton’s outsider status takes the fear out of the idea of what it is to be an insider. Morton “brings her audience closer to what is rendered invisible through physical and emotional distance” (Nersessova). She turns interviews and photographs and turns them into sociopolitical commentary among other things,...

Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities in Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York

The essay, “Tapestry of Space”, by Irina Nersessova is a literal analysis of Margaret Morton’s book, The Tunnels. Nersessova breaks down the book by the use of the photography that was used in it. Each photo in the book captures the Amtrak Tunnel feeling of abandonment yet its usefulness at the same time. Nersessova was able to evaluate the photography in the book through the use of Morton’s meanings, the stories of people that live in the tunnel, and comparisons between Morton’s photography and other pieces or people around the New York City area. Nersessova begins her evaluation on Morton’s book as she writes about her dedication to the exploration of the urban environment. The photos that were taken can make people feel the reality of living in the tunnel. It allows readers to see everyday situations that we might not know about and readers can try to understand the situations better. Morton was able to do this with her photographs as it was able to depict the idea of shelter as it says it is “…an essential part of sustaining oneself, identity is tied to one’s place of home, and because no place is guaranteed to be a permanent home, this aspect of identity is consistently fragile” (26). As Nersessova continues on, it is seen that Morotn’s photos show the space that was forgotten yet many people seem to care for it in their own way. It proves that the existence of this type of society is actually out there yet they are not the same type of homeless people that most people come across of every day....

“Tapestry Of Space: Domestic Architecture And Underground Communities In Margaret Morton’s Photography Of A Forgotten New York.”

Bernard “Homelessness is not truly the condition of not having a home.” This one statement was the foundation of Margaret Morton’s photographic documentary. Morton explored the “unappealing” tunnels and Burroughs of New York to showcase the beauties of these seemingly dangerous and forgotten, places in the city. Her initial objective was to show the connection between the homeless and the communities of homes that they have made on their own, along with their sense of stability. “By taking a city that is a site for mass marketing and depicting communities that have been pushed out of the consumer image of New York and out of adequate New York life itself, she proves that spectacles take place at public expense.”(Nersessova) Morton invites us into the lives of  people we see as  inferior and sometimes dangerous,  forgetting that they too are humans. Hector A, Bushville, 1991 “Because shelter is an essential part of sustaining oneself, identity is closely tied to one’s place of home, and because no place is guaranteed to be a permanent home, this aspect of identity is consistently fragile.”(Nersessova) Having a home and your sense of identity are both so universal and fragile. The only difference between those who aren’t recognized as homeless and those who are, is that  homeless people the vulnerability of homess people are more apparent. Homeless individuals are thought to be the ones having unstable identities. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Through Morton’s photogrpahic presentation, we see the creations of dwellings from practically nothing; old clothes, bedding, scraps of metals, and tools that we throw out on a daily basis. These areas...
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