Threats to the Spirit of the Place: Biased Interpretation

Osorio, Katti (2008) Threats to the Spirit of the Place: Biased Interpretation. 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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Abstract (in English)

The Spirit of the Place is the emotional response to the Place; it’s an abstract, wordless form of understanding; this is why it is unattainable, and yet it can be destroyed. Technology provides increasingly precise data, but its interpretation depends on how we perceive the Place and what we want to perceive in the Place. Nationalism and Cultural pride strongly influence what we want to perceive in the Place. Transmission of World Heritage to future generations relies heavily on “telling the Story;” to reveal not only historic data, but also the greatness of the human spirit in its struggle for perfection and in all its weakness. We may conclude that, trying to homogenize an idea in order to keep it politically correct leads to ambiguity and relativity, and might dangerously dilute the message.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Osorio, Katti
Languages: English
Keywords: spirit of place; tower; cathedral; historic town; World Heritage List; interpretation
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá, Panamá; The Tower of Panama Viejo’s, Panamá Viejo, Panamá
UNESCO WHC Number: 790bis
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 07:44
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 07:44
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