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Meeting PlaceThe Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001

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Meeting Place

Paul Carter

University of Minnesota Press

The point has been made that ‘meeting’ is never between two people: it is always shadowed by the desire of encounter. This shadow can be the physical setting, the historical circumstance and the mimetic nature of social behavior as such. In this chapter a new shadow/shade is introduced, that of the ancestors, whose death underwrites our plunge into the realm of change. A remarkable instance of this from colonial Australia is given, where the relationship between stepping out of oneself towards the other and dying is illustrated. Picking upon the migrant theme of the previous chapter, this insight is also attributed to the Australian-Iranian sculptor Hossein Valamanesh.

Keywords:   Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

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