Placement – Re-Imagining Reality & The Power of Craft


What is Place?

Let us firstly start with how it is we locate ourselves:

I, Me, My and the illusion of self as one dimensional reality.


noun: location; plural noun: locations
  1. 1.
    a particular place or position.
    “the property is set in a convenient location”
    synonyms: positionplacesituationsitelocalitylocalespotwhereaboutspointplacement;More

    • an actual place or natural setting in which a film or broadcast is made, as distinct from a simulation in a studio.
      “the movie was filmed entirely on location
    • the action of locating someone or something.
      “the location of new housing beyond the existing built-up areas”
    • a position or address in computer memory.

      Additional Entries/ Alternative Synonyms:


    • Being – Entity. Spirituality.
    • Identity. Individuality.
    • Integrity.
    • Love – Soul.
    • Ethic.
    • Imaginarium.




noun: place; plural noun: places; noun: Place
  1. 1.
    a particular position, point, or area in space; a location.
    “I can’t be in two places at once”
    synonyms: locationsitespotscenesettingpositionpointsituationarearegionwhereaboutslocaleMore

    • a particular area on a larger surface.
      “he lashed out and cut the policeman’s hand in three places”
    • a building or area used for a specified purpose or activity.
      “the town has many excellent eating places”
      a person’s home.
      “what about dinner at my place?”
      synonyms: homehouseflatapartment, a roof over one’s head; More

    • a point in a book or other text reached by a reader at a particular time.
      “I must have lost my place in the script”
  2. 2.
    a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone.
    “they hurried to their places at the table”
    synonyms: seatchairpositionspace

    “a place was reserved for her in the front row”
    • a vacancy or available position.
      “he was offered a place at Liverpool University”
      synonyms: jobday jobpositionpostappointmentsituationofficeMore

    • the regular or proper position of something.
      “she put the book back in its place”
    • a person’s rank or status.
      “occupation structures a person’s place in society”
      synonyms: statuspositionstationstandinggraderankfootingniche;

      “I know my place”
    • a right or privilege resulting from someone’s role or position.
      “I’m sure she has a story to tell, but it’s not my place to ask”
      synonyms: responsibilitydutyjobtaskrolefunctionpartconcernaffairmissioncharge;More

    • the role played by or importance attached to someone or something in a particular context.
      “the place of computers in improving office efficiency”
  3. 3.
    a position in a sequence or series, typically one ordered on the basis of merit.
    “his score left him in ninth place”
  4. 4.
    a square or short street.
    “the lecture theatre is in New Burlington Place”
verb: place; 3rd person present: places; past tense: placed; past participle: placed; gerund or present participle: placing
  1. 1.
    put in a particular position.
    “a newspaper had been placed beside my plate”
    synonyms: put down, putset, set down, lay down, depositpositionplantreststandsitsettlestationsituateleavestowpropleanMore

    • cause to be in a particular situation.
      “enemy officers were placed under arrest”
    • allocate or assign (an abstract quality) to something.
      “they place a great deal of emphasis on positive thought”
      synonyms: putlaysetpininvest

      “I would never betray the trust you placed in me”
    • have a specified degree of advantage or convenience as a result of one’s position or circumstances.
      “the company is well placed to seize the opportunity”
  2. 2.
    find a home or employment for.
    “the children were placed with foster-parents”
    synonyms: find employment for, find a job for; More

    • dispose of (something, especially shares) by selling to a customer.
      “the shares were placed last November”
    • arrange for the recognition and implementation of (an order, bet, etc.).
      “they placed a contract for three boats”
    • order or obtain a connection for (a telephone call) through an operator.
      “she placed a call to her husband to break the news”
  3. 3.
    identify or classify as being of a specified type or as holding a specified position in a sequence or hierarchy.
    “a survey placed the company 13th for achievement”
    synonyms: rankorder, put in order, gradegrouparrangesortclassclassifycategorize;More

Additional Entries/ Alternative Synonyms:

  • Attendance – concentration – mindfulness.
  • Non place. Ou Topos.
  • Imaginarium.
  • Heart – Home – Belonging.
  • Spiritual core.
  • Hope.
  • Happiness – Belonging.
  • Sacred.
  • Solitude.
  • Sanctuary.
  • Thought – Mentality – Mind.
  • Recognition/ Non Recognition.



WHO WE CAN BECOME: Location/ Place relating to craft and spiritual entity;

Essential reading/ context – arts for health based research:


Dramatic psychological shifts. Trauma, Loss, Injury, Illness etc:

Change as necessary catalyst, revelation… The shattering of myths, the breaking of bonds…

In the process of therapy with its usual models to CURE and NORMALISE within the contexts of system and society alone, emphasis on uniqueness and development of individualism is key to true empowerment, well being and recovery.

The process of art can greatly assist in striking ongoing discord with the individual within each and every one of us, honing sensibility. Making for an intimate, personal relationship and friendship, with the true and valid nature of self. The realising of true identity. Location – Place, Meaning.

Place – Valid Invalid…

Art speaks of all such landscapes that lie beyond the confines, beyond everyday perceptions of what is deemed as normal and acceptable. It is pertinent we inquire whether our association with the word normal is, normally reasonable, or possibly irrational, part parcel roots of the estranged?

De – Range, De – Sign, Re Arrange…

Artists may appreciate that an in depth exploration of the avant garde combining shear experimentation amounts to greater understanding of the essence of existence and being. Within such exploratory landscapes concepts of normality can pale into insignificance as greater more expansive realisations begin to unfold. It is possible that the nature of existence can be located at the heart of creative processes.

So amidst the contrived, restrained, oppressed, brainwashed aspects of contemporary culture, how it is we find place…

Uncharted territory. Navigating significantly away from comfort zones can oft enforce a spiritual location. By the very nature of our getting lost we can be found. Through the empowering processes of extracting creativity from such landscapes, self realisation/ actualisation true location and place can be determined.



Further related notes from personal research based creative practice, continued in up coming blog: Proving Place – Notes and gallery of images on the word transformation project & process. Loose critical analysis.


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