‘Eskimo Realities’ by Edmund Carpenter has become a ‘totem’ piece in which I constantly go back to anchor my thought process. The visual and descriptive language used to decipher the way the eskimos perceive the otherwise barren environment interests me because it breaks up the traditional view most people conceive of physical space and time.
“Aivilik do not conceptually separate space and time, but see the situation or machine as a dynamic process…their concept of space is not one of static enclosure, such as a room with sides or boundaries, but as direction, in operation (Carpenter, 31).”
“Auditory space has no favoured focus. It’s a sphere without fixed boundaries, space made by the thing itself, not space containing the thing…always in flux, creating its own dimensions moment by moment (Carpenter, 35).”