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?
Is SPACE, not SPACE?
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?
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.
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
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?
not everyone survives bohemia
a return to nomadic existence
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
“freedom is the most difficult way of living that man can lead. For freedom can only be realized in creation and creation means discipline”
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?
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?
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?
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?
I think this image is an interesting visual representation of the idea of organized vs disorganized/open space and social space vs natural space.