Inimkond: Current Issues in Anthropology and Beyond Tallinn University January 30, 2013 The Linnahall as an Eventscape Francisco Martínez Tallinn University, Estonia This article seeks to contribute to the debates about the social meaning given to certain places. I propose to study how a semi-ruined building stands as a site full of associations in Tallinn, making a parallel between public spaces and the second law of thermodynamics. I introduce the concept of entropy in order to explain the progressive semantisation of places and how the Linnahall arena acquires a palimpsest quality. The experience of this site becomes thus an event in itself, since past and future cannot be disconnected to its sensuous experience. Otherwise, I sketch the concept of eventscape and cult building, outlining how the fragmentation of certain post-socialist cities could be understood as a form of entropy - an accumulation of history manifested in space. Francisco Martínez is a PhD candidate in anthropology in the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University. Francisco holds degrees in International Economy and Cooperation to Development (MA, Higher Institute of Economy, Lisbon); Journalism (BA, Madrid Complutense University); and Russian Studies (Post-Grad Certificate, Moscow School of Diplomacy MGIMO and St. Petersburg State University). Recently he is working on the scope of the post-socialist condition and urban ethnography. He has been employed as a journalist in Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul and Lisbon, publishing over 500 articles and producing 140 video reports and 45 radio programs. He was also awarded with scholarships in several European universities.+ More details
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