Liminal space is a concept that's being discovered by myself a lot lately. It is one day that Reading through Non- spaces I end up reading about liminal spaces. They relate to each other, Rather I think these spaces are the same in between spaces. The only difference I feel is that Non spaces are often occupied by people then liminal which are more empty, waiting spaces. However both kind of spaces feels to me in some sense of Horror- vacui, Although these are the complely opposite of the previous era to when the “horror vacui” concept was born. In the Victorian, Baroque and Georgian eras, more was better because it meant affluence. Now, in a time of contemporary where all that surrounds us is “more”, we perceive the opposite: less is better.
Coming back to the Liminal spaces, like many people I have noticed that there are certain places or states of being in which I feel different, off, or uncomfortable such as at railway stations or bus stop in London. Often, these uncomfortable spaces turn out to be liminal spaces as I have understood.
It's talked about as a threshold, and indeed, the etymology of liminal comes from the Latin root word "limen," which means threshold. Liminal spaces are transitional or transformative spaces. They are the waiting areas between one point in time and space and the next. These thresholds of waiting and not knowing our ‘next’ are everywhere in life and they are inevitable.
Often, when one is in liminal spaces, one have the feeling of just being on the verge of something. Liminal space is, of course, a literal space. And there are plenty of examples of physical liminal spaces,but there are also spaces of liminality in our mental states. This, too, is a type of liminal space.
Moving To A New Place
Moving to a new city involves a physical move, but the liminal state you are in is very much mental space. You know exactly where you are, physically and geographically, but you don't know where you are as a person. You may not know how you fit into to this new community.
Moving can involve making new friends or even leaving behind a family that you are accustomed to having around. All of these changes put us into a liminal, or threshold, space. Even if you don't physically move to a new town, you may find yourself in a similar mental state if you lose friend groups or need to break yourself away from toxic family members.
Creativity And Liminal Space
Artists themselves enter a liminal state when they create. There is a place of liminality that is a state of creative being. It is the place where you have the potential to act, but have not yet done so. When you are about to create a thing, you are in that space. Perhaps that is why so many writers or other artists feel anxiety before getting started, even if it's their one-thousandth project.
Being in a liminal state or place can be unsettling. It certainly feels uncomfortable. But if we open up to it, it can be the threshold of wonderful new experiences in life. If you'd like to discuss using liminal states to enhance your creativity or learn to reduce the anxiety you feel in liminal spaces, whether physical or non-physical,