This Space that Gnaws and Claws at Us

In his brief but influential lecture on heterotopia and the spaces of everyday life, first presented in 1967 but not published until 1984 as « Des espaces autres,” Michel Foucault announced, or perhaps merely observed, that the present moment represented the epoch of space. As he explained:   The great obsession of the nineteenth century was, as we know, history: with its themes of development and of suspension, of crisis, and cycle, themes of the ever-accumulating past, with its great preponderance of dead men and the menacing glaciation of the world.