Anima Loci Sólheimajökull Glacier, Iceland, by Davide Bloise

Sólheimajökull Glacier, Iceland. Photo credit: Davide Bloise

About Anima Loci

Anima Loci is an e-journal of arts and cultural research, focused on an interdisciplinary exploration of the ever-changing and often obscure relationship between images and the places they dwell.

The journal hosts articles, short essays and reports from international, emerging as well as established writers, academics, architects, artists, poets and researchers.

Concept

As Keith Basso wrote, we are, in a sense, the place-worlds we imagine.1

The way in which a place is perceived, remembered and interpreted, either individually or socially, represents a mental and emotional landscape that can inform and affect personal and collective historical knowledge, behaviour and identity.

Often this process of ‘place-making’ is mediated by images, that act as elicitors for perception and memory. Images are here intended both as physical as well as mental phenomena: a face in a rock, holy icons, new or forgotten architecture, intentional or accidental monuments, but also the faces of transforming neighbourhoods or places that have crystallised into images within the social imaginary through the echoes of historic events. Images are therefore understood not simply as artefacts in the external world, but as vital processes that occupy our bodies as their living medium.2

Anima Loci explores the potential of images that lie in this intermediary zone and the multifaceted ways in which they affect the perception of a place by providing ground for the workings of personal or collective memory, meaning and imagination.

Fields of Interest

Visual Anthropology, Art History, Architecture, Visual Culture, Aesthetics, Urban Archaeology, Research Architecture, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Ethnography, Philosophy, History, Photography, Art Writing, Critical Geography, Psychogeography. 

 


Footnotes

[1] Basso, Keith. H. (1996). Wisdom Sits in Places. Landscapes and Language among the Western Apache. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. p.7

[2] Belting, Hans. (2014). An Anthropology of Images. Picture, Medium, Body. Princeton NJ & Oxford: Princeton University Press. p.5


Recent articles

Of foxes and men

, 15 February 2020

Sharing the fabric of our cities with wild animals is the norm. As long as they do not encroach upon the boundaries of the domestic wall, the space in which we live is also that of birds, mice, insects and other species. In London, urban foxes are the most iconic… Read more »

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Constructing the wilderness

, 15 January 2020

Starting from the exploration of the so-called “viàz”, an arduous mountaineering route in the Zoldo Dolomites, Silvia Segalla reflects upon the concept of “wilderness” as applied to the mountain, which within the social imaginary seems to have become a reserve and bastion of nature. In an era in which a… Read more »

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Anima Loci Flavio Pintarelli Life Magazine 1965

Life Magazine, 1965

, 15 December 2019

A dive into the period in which skateboarding was blooming: by flipping through the pages of a 1960s issue of Life Magazine, Flavio Pintarelli recounts the way in which the board broke into the city, inaugurating new embodied experiences of space.

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