Possible space

Here we will explain how the Learn resource frames free institutional web hosting as a ‘possible space’. Let’s think of the idea of social space in relation to virtual space.

Lefebvre said in the ‘The Production of Space’ (1991, p26):

“(Social) space is a (social) product … the space thus produced also serves as a tool of thought and of action; that in addition to being a means of production it is also a means of control, and hence of domination, of power”

In the essay ‘The Potentials of Space Commoning’ (2018), Stavrides sets out the idea of space commoning as a means of providing ‘possible space’.

Notice Stavrides’ use of the term ‘commoning’ rather than evoking the notion of ‘a commons’. Within art theory and other disciplines, the term ‘commons’ refers to activity rather than a specific resource.

Stavrides (2018, pp351) says:

“… to think about space as potentiality is to connect experiences of space to possibilities of expanding them and transcending them.”

“Performing space, performing through space, is always open to discovering space through performance, much like a dancer discovers possible movements by dancing and an actor possible gestures by acting or by rehearsing. By performing space actually means performing social relations, it means experiencing them as concrete unfolding realities, rather than abstract definitions of social identities. And this is a way to live potentiality by creating it.”

In this way, possible space is not a site of a specific resource but space as potentiality for performing new ways of working.

Through exposing the technologies that make up the Web, providing technical guidance to work like the Web, and framing access to web hosting as means to test and expand upon ways of working on the Web, the Learn resource encourages students and staff to imagine and create Web-based sites and activity that work for them and their communities.

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