“[Pierre] Bourdieu describes fields as social spaces where agents compete for various forms of capital […] The existence of liminal fields allows […] practices that misalign with the logic of the [banal] fields […] Liminal fields are temporary, erratic, and heterogeneous social spaces […] where agents expend excess energy in unproductive ways […]. Liminal fields are places where the ‘rules of the game’ are unclear and/or are different from the fields from which they emerge.” – Willey, 2016: 132.
As landscape architects, we work between fields and disciplines to produce landscapes of different scales, types, performances and affect. In recent years, the spaces between conventional fields of practice have mutated as a result of a total shift in the way we work together in the world. Atomised as a community of learning, we have been caught between ways of teaching, learning and practising as we work across the divide to produce ‘landscape’.
Remote and digital practices now coalesce with those in place and in contact with material. There is a productive tension at this threshold which is constricting and constructive all at once, altering the way we imagine, shape and communicate landscape knowledge. Landscape discourse has long sought to challenge familiar dichotomies: conventional and unconventional, analogue and digital, before and after, linear and non-linear, public and private; but now we face these challenges immediately, universally and in embodied ways as we work.
Open to the public Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 November.
Closing night celebration: Friday 25 November, 6-9pm. Students and staff in RMIT Landscape Architecture warmly invite students, staff, alumni, friends and family to celebrate a rich body of work at our Semester Two Exhibition, showcasing 'liminal practices' from the BLAD, MLA, and HDR programs. Please RSVP here for the closing night event, for catering and staffing purposes.
Willey, R.D., 2016. Liminal practice: Pierre Bourdieu, madness, and religion. Social Compass 63, 125–141. https://doi.org/10.1177/0037768615615529