sous les pavés, la plage
A quote stood out for me in the notes of a talk by Tom Armitage at the 2013 Playark games festival in relationship to digital public spaces, structures of organisation and potential for exploration.
One of the slogans of the Situationist International was:
sous les pavés, la plage: "underneath the paving slabs, the beach."
I tend to read that as meaning something along the lines of: underneath formal infrastructure – that dictates “how to be” – is a space to be free, to play, to be unfettered. The beach is an inherently social place; a place shaped by the people on it, rather than by what it dictates they do. The institutions we erect, for good or ill, sit atop a freer environment.