The collaboration between the authors sits under the umbrella of the Creative Centre for Fluid Territories (CCFT), an international research centre which interrogates how interdisciplinary artistic research practices contribute to and share critical insights about place making, belonging and occupation. The core participants in CCFT are a group of artistic researchers, architects, designers and cultural theorists from England, Scotland, Norway and Cyprus, whose practices, individually and collectively, seek to consider the role of artistic research in shaping narratives of place through dialogues, colloquia and exhibitions.
Exploring liminality in Cyprus: spaces, voices, and means of expression
The methodology of this exposition emerges from an interpretivist and subjectivist epistemology, especially based on a phenomenological understanding of our context, based on different performative methods which have helped us to explore issues of identity (the self and the other), perception and the audience.
Our phenomenological approach is firstly triggered by the experience itself, the being aware of the act of ‘being’ in a space, of being part of those dialogues, colloquia and exhibitions. We concur with Heidegger’s understanding and experience of space in order to fully embrace a more nuanced meaning of those liminal spaces, “structures that bear the imprint of successive layers of dwelling”, of stories, of dialogues. Our research, as explored in this article, includes a second iteration of the phenomenological approach by reflecting and writing about our experiences in Cyprus when we are there and elsewhere: in other spaces or “places between”, as Jane Rendell coined them, highlighting how “the writing process has constructed, as well as traced, ‘a place between’”.
Our research, ultimately, aligns with Phenomenology of Practice, a methodology that explores writing at the core of the reflective process, to record experiences, encounters, spaces, as well as an empathy that goes beyond the academic research, that is not just intellectual but “it is, indeed, pathic: relational, situational, corporeal, temporal, actional”. As a result, the writings included here, reflect that empathy, that connection with the place that we have now visited so many times, and yet, we are still in the fringe of the “otherness”. Cyprus and its liminal spaces have inspired the writing of the Coffee Letters, of those dialogues that happened in academic environments, as well as those informal encounters in the City.
We are presenting a number of approaches which provide a complex, autoethnographic, and subjective reflection on liminality, its different voices, fragmented images and unanswered questions. Our aim is not to provide a thorough and exhaustive narrative of liminality in Cyprus, but our own experiences and the ways in which this notion has converged with our practices: poetic dialogues, photographic essay and nomadic dialogues.
 Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001 .
 Sharr, Adam. Heidegger for Architects, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2007, 70.
 Rendell, Jane. Art and Architecture: A Place Between, London, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006, 193.
 Manem, Max Van. “Phenomenology of Practice”, Phenomenology of Practice, 1 (1) 11, 2007.