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Hamish Fulton, Mankingholes on the pennine Way, 1973
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Hyperculturality
Cultural forms of expression are increasingly becoming detached from their original location and now circulate globally. Culture is becoming delocalized and its boundaries are being dissolved. Arguing that we need a new cultural expression for this phenomenon, Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han has coined the term ‘hyperculturality’. In Zurich one is struck by the fact that there are people from more than 100 cultures living in the Kreis 5 area of the city alone. Our realm of experience is becoming increasingly complex and multilayered. For those operating globally or responding to global themes it is vital to be aware of and face these new challenges, to act according to a new awareness, and to find new parameters for action. This is important in order to, on the one hand, avoid losing sight of processes occurring in an ever more complex world and thereby to avoid possible misjudgments regarding one’s own actions, and, on the other hand, to be better able to contextualize creative solutions. If nothing else, this could also have a real impact in countering the current architectural colonialism – in China for example.

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