The Dark Side of the Rainbow – Michel Foucault

Heterotopia – Digital Image by Vicki Weetman 2012

Heterotopias are meant to disturb us. Foucault tells us that their otherness inverts our everyday space causing us to look outside of ourselves.  All of the motifs within this image are examples of heterotopias, the feeling is intentionally dark and disturbing. Included in this graphic is the boat, Foucault’s heteropian site ‘par excellence’, and this boat represents the ‘ship of fools’ which carries the passenger ‘par excellence’, the insane madman.  As a floating asylum, the ship of fools is a both a prison and a place of freedom on wide open sea and as such represents the resistance some heterotopic sites have to opening and closing to everyone but a few.

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