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This is my master thesis project at Konstfack, 2012. It was about an investigation into a changeable character of space or air around human body. I made an architectural sculpture with textiles like a soft wall, which flutters, inflates, spins and flips by the wind from fan systems. It begun by researching how the room (=bubbles) that works as one’s territory is melted in our living environments today.

Extraction from the thesis

We create private space everywhere, even in public places. It seems a kind of territoriality that temporarily privatizes land, to me. Territoriality is an argument over ownership, it is the defending of a certain distance around us by ones invisible wall, the preventing of a stranger coming too close.
The concept of "the bubbles" was first used by anthropologists in the 60s to discuss how individuals create their own rooms and space between them. As the anthropologist, Edward T. Hall says that the space around man can be seen as an extension of his personality, the space and distance that belong to us correspond and move as occasion may demand, like nomads. Furthermore, in this space we can express our personalities as sensory language. The space around our bodies is never empty. In the bubbles around our body are a mixture of our feelings, emotions, imagination and thoughts that come from what we have perceived with our senses.
The formation of the bubbles is different at every moment and is intuitive, instinctive, perceptual, emotional and wayward. Our bubbles are psychologically affected by external situations, and they physically respond. The size of the bubbles we make depends on how familiar we are with the objects or people around us.

Architectural approach
Inside and outside need something like a wall in order to be distinguished, but this wall can be visible or invisible and it has to be fixed. Usually ‘outside’ brings something unfamiliar to you and ‘inside’ has the potential to be filled with familiar things.
I believe that the walls and roof that close our space are not the only characteristics with which we judge whether a space is inside or outside. An example of this could be the city Stockholm, which for me is still an outside space if I compare it with Tokyo, but for a person from Stockholm, the city might be an inside space when compared with Tokyo. A distinction of inside and outside can be, on which side of the fixed wall our bubbles are smaller.
In an environment, which is not fixed, an architecture, which is changing, our bubbles take on a playful character. Much of today’s architecture considers the movement of our bubbles but not their changeable character. It makes our bubbles more stable and still. Maybe architecture could be a moveable architecture that is the driving force of our bubbles. In a moveable architecture you might suddenly find yourself inside or outside a closed space and your bubbles would be driven to expand or contract all the time.

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This is the work that is not primarily to be an artistic representation of a public space. Instead, the work pysically speaks to us about the relatiionship between human being and its shared environment by being interactive. How are we along with others in our rooms? What does closed architecture mean when we do not find 'inside'?

Examination presentation

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Hall. T Edward, The Hidden Dimension, The Bodley Head: London, 1969

 

Exhibition 'SEART - Sweden’s Emerging Art', No Picnic, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012