Of liminal spaces
In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals (a psychic/temporal/physical space), when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual’s liminal stage (that is, in the liminal space), participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes.
Derived from the writings of Victor Turner
The anthropological definition, while not of direct interest to Narrative Environment design, underpins most other current definitions of liminality and thence, liminal spaces, which most certainly are of interest to NE design.edited 27 November, 2015 by Stuart Jones