Friday, May 15, 2009


In this section we hope to explore the many meanings of the word "limen". Though we realize the name of our group is still up for discussion, we wanted to share with you why it holds such appeal. Here we will post definitions, uses of the word from a variety of fields of study, etc.

Artist Kurt Brereton's statement about his painting titled "Liminal #2":

"Psychologists call 'liminal space' a place where boundaries become indeterminate. We stand there, on the threshold, getting ourselves ready to move across the limits of what we were into what we might become. That is, this is a space or field of transformation between phases of separation and reincorporation. This painting is my record of finding myself inside a liminal space - in a period of ambiguity, of marginal and transitional state. This is a very common experience of shedding baggage and travelling lighter between stops. In post-colonial studies, liminality relates to the concept of cultural hybridity, describing complex untidy trans cultural spaces, trans geographical or trans gender states etc. Every transition is also an opportunity to redefine fixed viewpoints."

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