Day 3

From the mindmap I created on the object "porch", I have been intrigued by the metaphorical link to the porch as being an area referred to as "no man's land". Whereby this space does not have a specific function in the home. Also, evidence that further substantiates the porch as "no man's land" can be seen in the porch's geographic location between the street and the house. Although the porch is located within the homeowner's land, this space is not bounded by four walls and does not feature a door. Therefore this space can be seen as the undefined space between public and private life. Does this then make the porch a private area, as it is located within the boundary of the homeowner's land? Or is this space instead public, due to its accessibility from the street level?

I have decided to look at the notion of "no man's land" and do some research on the term, its origins and its reference on the Internet.
These are the following results:

Internet search: "no man's land"

no man's land
  1. Land under dispute by two opposing parties, especially the field of battle between the lines of two opposing entrenched armies
  2. An area of uncertainty or ambiguity
  3. An unclaimed or unowned piece of land

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English: originally the name of a plot of ground lying outside the north wall of the city of London, the site of place of execution.

This website acts as a metaphor for the term "no man's land", whereby it is referencing the gap between language and culture. By translating fiction and poetry into the English language, the website attempts to communicate German culture through poetry and prose written by those who first-handedly experience it. In this case, we can use the term "no man's land" to describe the severance in communication between two foreign bodies.

Image search results:
No_Man's_Land_4.jpg No_Man's_Land_3.jpg
No_Man's_Land_1.JPG No_Man's_Land_2a.jpgThese images depict the traditional concept of "no man's land" - as the dividing space between two opposing sides participating in trench warfare.

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