Looking briefly at four different texts these are the conclusions I have drawn from them.
Sovereignty- This is having supreme power or authority over everything or it is the authority of a state to govern itself or another state
Walled States, Waning Sovereignty – Wendy Brown – Chapter 1
My conclusions drawn from this piece of text was why walls are built and whether they are a good resource. It seems that walls (great walls between countries or boundaries) tend to be constructed due to conflict, or wanting to keep people out of (or in) their land. My opinion of this is it seems a very drastic and generally childish way of dealing with it; it almost says you’re being mean now you can’t come into my country. Of course I understand that often the walls were built to stop violence coming across the boarders but maybe if problems were resolved in a more peaceful manor without resorting to our military there would be no need for the walls. The walls put up barriers between people who if they lived two hundred meters one way or the other would be neighbours; we put up enough barriers between countries with past conflict (sometimes hundreds of years ago) without now having to create new walls, adding new bricks to an already toppling tower.
The Accursed Share vol 2 + 3 – Georges Bataille – Sovereignty – Chapter 1
From this text one particular quote jumped out which we went over in our group discussion. ‘We work to eat, we eat to work’ this I think we felt as a whole is a fairly depressing way to look at life, working to eat only merely so we can work some more. I hope that my life never comes to that point I want to work for experiences and opportunities not just so I can get up and do the same thing over again. This may be because working for minimum wage in a shop is never going to be a career choice id go for; in contrast you could look at it as eating is a pleasurable thing and highly thought of in some countries/cultures not merely to keep you going and if you are doing a job you love then eating to work is the same and may provoke the same feelings as eating to experience.
Buildings and Power – Thomas A Markus Part ii Buildings and People – Reformation
From our discussion and my perusal of the text it seemed to relate to that of Against Architecture with how it talked about the prison that architecture is. Using the different features of a prison to relate to architecture and its influences. The cell connotes how you can be trapped in architecture; whether that be a style or an era, breaking free from that style is often difficult and does not always pay off.
The Foucault Reader – Michel Foucault Ed Paul Rainbow – Discipline & Punishment. Chapter 11 – Panopticism
This text seems to be about anonymous power and how punishment can affect how the world is ran and how architecture can be used as punishment. In an institutional state there is always someone who governs what occurs; even if it is a democracy. Like in the other texts it talks about a prison and who the anonymous power is; the operator of the central tower in a prison I feel is the most likely as they are never seen by the inmates whereas the wardens are; in a prison architecture is used as disciplinary tactics; the use of a cell already puts the prisoners on the back foot as they are confined to a small surface area, the same four walls to look at everyday. But punishment is enforced if they misbehave, they can be put in a smaller room therefore confining them to a more uncomfortable scenario and working as a deterrent.