Genius loci and Homo Faber: A heritage-making dilemma

Markeviciene, Jurate (2008) Genius loci and Homo Faber: A heritage-making dilemma. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The paper analyses possibilities to create or re-create a spirit of the place, defining a human habitat as a socio-cultural rhizome, and a genius loci – as an intangible quality of a material site, perceived both physically and spiritually. It identifies such sites as mediators and media of societal interactions. Integrity, complementarity, continuity, a touch of eternity, nonevidence, and being both a reality and an entity are identified as their basic qualities. In this context heritage conservation is analyzed vs continuity as arborescent vs rhizomatic approach, by comparing their attributes and qualities. As regards a heritage-making dilemma, it states that due to on-going cultural shift in interactions with history, reconstructions gain in popularity, but genius loci sites cannot be created or re-created intentionally, because they are happenings, and not creations. The final conclusion is that heritage conservation cannot substitute sustenance of traditional habitats, but it plays a crucial role in safeguarding tangible heritage and this way becomes a cradle for emerging future traditions.

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Markeviciene, JurateUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: genius loci; spirit of place; conservation; intangible heritage
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 11:25
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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