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Questions of Space

Questions of Space

With the inspiration of Bernard Tschumi, I came up with these questions of space!

Is SPACE really space?

Does SPACE get it’s own SPACE?

Where does SPACE stop and start?

Can our perception of SPACE ever be unassuming?

Is SPACE like a line, going infinitely?


Do experiences determine SPACE or do spaces determine experiences?

Is there SPACE outside of SPACE?

Can SPACE reveal ideas and ideologies?

Is SPACE always shared between everyone?

Questions of Space

For my post of question of space, I am going to make a manifesto on space on abstract art after a very interesting reading experience of Ad Reinhardt’s How to look at Space. Reinhardt is an abstract painter in New York who I came across in my class – Beyond Perspective: Mathematics and Visual Art. How to look at space? A man’s idea of what was “real” depended mainly on how he felt and thought about “space” Space is a relationship between things and time A drawing is a division of space A line is an edge of space Shapes and colors are spaces A painting is a flat space Architecture is the art of spaces Abstract artworks are real spaces An abstract artwork will react to you if you react to it You get from it what you bring to it The spatial relationship between you and the artwork is commutative YOU ARE A SPACE, TOO.

Questions of Space

For my text project, I decided to explore “questions of space”, narrowing it down to the concept/notion of home. I was really inspired by the “Dakota” video by Young Hae Chang, so I am trying to follow the same style.

questions OF space

notion OF home

“owning a property affords someone a house in which to be at home

at the price of being homeless in the world

where do you live?

here? but you don’t

here is not your home

home is supposed

to have

a permanency in it

but yet here is still what you call home

what is home?

“the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.”

the space is our home

your house is not a home

or at least

it shouldn’t be

so you try to build yourself your own home

in the hope to feel comfortable

and mostly to belong

creating a home is using space

but what kind of space will YOU use?

will you use your mind?

your soul?

your body?

your family?

your friends?

your loverS?

your dreams?

your nightmares?

your addictions?

your pleasures?

your pains.

not everyone survives bohemia

a return to nomadic existence

must arise

the world is a space of collaborative space making

so why the fuck

aren’t we yet collaborating

start embracing space

start embracing your surroundings

and maybe

maybe then

you’ll find

and create

a home

“freedom is the most difficult way of living that man can lead. For freedom can only be realized in creation and creation means discipline”

Questions of Space

How many ways can one take up space? Can a relationship between two people be considered a space? What determines the size and the shape and the functions of this imagined space? When a physical space is altered, does it alter the intangible space between the people who inhabit it? How can we shape a certain space? Can we do it alone? Can simply imagining a different use for a space change it? If I see and use a particular space as something it is not, does it become what I imagine? If many people start using the space differently is it changed entirely? Can a space be more than what it’s used for? What makes a space more malleable than others? Does a space exist that can’t be altered? Can a space be owned primarily by something other than people? Can events of the past own a space? Can visions of the future own a space?

Questions of Space

  • Is space tangible?
  • Is space intangible?
  • Does space have monetary value?
  • Who determines if a space is public or private?
  • Where is ‘your’ space?
  • What makes it ‘your’ space?
  • Who calls is ‘your’ space?
  • Who determines whose space is whose?
  • Do we as a society create space or it is something greater than us?
  • Who determines how a certain space will be used?
  • How much control does one have in a public space verses in a private space?

Questions of Space

Can space contain? If space can contain, is it restrictive? Is space context? Is space destructible? If space is destructible, can it be rebuilt? Can space be atmospheric? Who/what controls the atmosphere of space? Can space be shared? Can shared spaces have an equal balance of power? Does defining space change it? Is space constant, or in a cycle of death and rebirth? Are they the same thing? How do space and time interact?      

Questions of Space

Are we extensions of our space? Could space be an individual’s mental and physical exchange with the environment? (Like a rhizome, or a Spinozian metabolic rhythm?) Can space take a form or is it free flowing and ambiguous? If not positive or negative, what is it? Is space linear? Is it geometric? Is it time? How many dimensions does space have? Is every space unique? How can space become universal? Can space be touched?

Questions of Space

  • Is space a physical thing? In which all physical things are to be located?
  • Are there areas where space doesn’t exist? Does space exist everywhere?
  • What distinguishes different spaces?
  • What determines where one space ends and another begins?
  • Is authority the determinant for public vs. private space?
  • Is it possible to have complete, private space?
  • If there is a language of space, how is the language applied? Can everyone speak this language or must it be taught to us?
  • If the language of space is not inherent, how does one teach the language?
  • How does society influence space?
  • Is there any space that is completely uninfluenced by society?

Questions of Space

Is space a quantifiable thing, or simply a human construction? If it is an idea developed by people, do all people conceive of space in the same way? Even within a single individual is the definition of space malleable? For instance, is space contained in, or between, buildings or objects, or do all things exist in a single expanse of space, or can it sometimes mean one and other times the other? Why does the human understanding of space organize  what we perceive to be different spaces into those that are aesthetically pleasing and those which are not? Within that, what makes certain spaces exclusive and others inclusive? How our society’s perception of space different than its perception of nature? In this context, are cities constructions designed to organize and tame space, in the same way that they separate society from nature? In that sense is outer space just space that is uninterrupted by human intervention? In cultures which have not created a nature-culture divide, is space constructed in the same way? Visual-Spatial-213x225 I think this image is an interesting visual representation of the idea of organized vs disorganized/open space and social space vs natural space.