Mode of Suspension (Monika Love)
“That law can be suspended is not a novelty in politics or history. Yet suspended does not mean elimination, absence or standstill. While suspension can be thought of as a void – between A and B, between constitutive and constituted power – actually it contains supreme power. Urban space, as a result of decision-making processes, is similarly formed by power, where things as material assemblages, cultural forms and agencies resist, mobilize, mediate and re-form their surroundings.
This research investigates three instances that can be reviewed as situations in which limits are temporarily removed, and as a consequence, the very structure of the society is suspended. The greatest desire in suspension is not necessarily to move forward or even to return to a life of predictability. It is the time of in-between – between worldviews, structures, hierarchies or power regimes. It is a state of having limited knowledge where it is impossible to exactly describe existing state or future outcome, and therefore more than one outcome is possible. It is argued that suspension is not only common to the crisis but also to emergencies that could potentially arise. Thus suspension becomes a measure of global dominance and control, and requires alternative type of governance.
Rather than thinking of suspension as a negative reference point – as deficiency or standstill – mode for suspension is set to construct for(u)ms of knowledge by revealing the insignificance of the context – become a useful way of thinking about independence and global objectives.”
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