This is a concept developed by Michel Foucault in his lecture “Des Espaces Autres” (Of Other Spaces) to define a place symbolically displaced in time and space. This concept is similar to the status acquired by public space in some artistic projects when the performance place loses its ordinary status as it is incorporated into the artistic project and altered, but does not disappear.

Artists come into these familiar spaces in order to temporarily transform rules, norms and everyday uses. This disturbs habits and social practices in order to explore them, criticise them and open up new opportunities.