Temporary Autonomous Zone, coined by Hakim Bey, who prefers not to define it but referred to in several of his writings. An experience where, ideally, participants temporarily free themselves from restraints imposed by social conditioning and regulation; an experiment in group immediatism; a creative event where new codes of behaviour are established by those present.
Despite its synthesizing force for my own thinking, however, I don't intend the TAZ to be taken as more than an essay ("attempt"), a suggestion, almost a poetic fancy. Despite the occasional Ranterish enthusiasm of my language I am not trying to construct political dogma. In fact I have deliberately refrained from defining the TAZ--I circle around the subject, firing off exploratory beams. In the end the TAZ is almost self-explanatory. If the phrase became current it would be understood without difficulty...understood in action.
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