Perceiving Heritage vs. Awareness of Heritage
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Perceiving Heritage vs. Awareness of Heritage

Lecture in international scientific conference
Cultural Heritage - Possibilities for Spatial and Economic Development - Proceedings

Heritage, the same as culture, is a process and is expressed in multitudinous forms. We can perceive heritage by focusing on the tension between the temporary and the permanent, between the planned and the experiential.
The awareness of heritage is achieved by periodically examining the relationship between attempts to create order through the long-term plans and the everyday chaos that is the product of the process how something is communicated.

Everything is transforming itself – recreating itself – all the time and we can assume that heritage lives again through our perception and awareness.
We can recall how Lucretius introduces the clinamen:
“As the atoms are falling straight down through the void owing to their weight, at undetermined times and places they swerve a little with just the smallest change of direction.”
He then asserts the cosmological rationale for the swerve:
“If it were not so, all would go on falling like raindrops through the infinite void, there would be no collisions and no blows, and nature would have created nothing.”
This world is made of multiple interlocking systems that are not divided nature/culture, or global/local, but according to forces that circulate through all areas of human and nonhuman activity. The clinamen, reformulated by Serresas5 as the parasite, is an event that introduces disorder into orderly systems and alters them in the direction of greater complexity, ensuring their continued existence.
The result is achieved through space designation – “action of pointing out”.
The transition from static to dynamic models is what we want to achieve by creating awareness about heritage through the experience of perceiving heritage.