One key form surrounding the amusement park that makes it distinct from other popular social constructions is its ability to be physically immersive with the attention and participation of the individual inside a contained space of controlled danger and fear.
The amusement park is a complex containing rides, shows, eateries and other establishments that manipulate popular fantasies into thematic landscapes, which in part is why it is so successful as a immersive, escapist and social (and architectural) construction.
The amusement park thus can be adopted to describe other complex such as restaurants, shopping malls and perhaps other areas of everyday life.
Rather than the amusement park as an space to sweep the everyday under a rug for an elected period of time, perhaps the idea of the amusement park is intersected with the everyday, an important and necessary space for emotional and cognitive exercise.
Upon reflecting on this and the importance of immersion within amusement parks, I am unsure, yet excited, as to what will expand from my practise as it evolves (as I research and as I make and vice versa). My work is not fully fledged immersive nor has it been my interest to do so. Nor does it have to be. And I don’t know what to say from here except I’m working out my thoughts.
In saying all this, Tumblr is an amusement park in itself. But that’s a tangent I don’t want to get into.
I am hesitant or perhaps resistant in digesting texts that are not relevant to my research. It is difficult for me to stay focused and absorb, dissect and recall what I read already and has been so since I can remember (reading just doesn’t hold my quick attention and it frustrates me) so when opportunity arises that requires me to read, like research, my choices have to be relevant to my research or creative interests. This is why I tend to stay away from leisure novels, podcast, whatever. There is only a handful of leisure books I’ve finished reading. What concerns me, or rather the problem that arises is, I’ve allowed myself to be limited in knowledge gained from other texts which may possibly widen my knowledge, my vocabulary, my search for fluid verbal articulation and assistance in research or just in general creative thinking (more so indirectly then directly influenced). It’s an irrational take on reading and a flaw I have. Time is precious and I find I never have enough time.
Visual language is something else all together. Wonderful it is.
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