2017 June 20
Students
in between (out)

The work in between (out) was preceded by numerous participative installations and projects which incorporated a variety of materials and media to examine the configuration human beings and space.

In this confrontation space is not perceived as a constant, but a variable element which is shaped by the experience of each and every individual and which is constantly altering.  In a perpetual process, the I, you and we determine spaces and at the same time define the spaces me, you and us.

the visitor becomes part of the exhibition

“Trop d’espace nous etouffe beaucoup plus que s’il n’y en avait pas assez.” (Too much space smothers us much more than if there were not enough). 

does darkness (light and dark) offer flexibility to spatial boundaries?
how can I understand dark and light?
from which point is it dark?
from which point is it light?

“There is nothing like silence to suggest a sense of unlimited space. ...and, in the silence, we are seized with the sensation of something vast and deep and boundless.”

what is silence?
how do I perceive silence? 

the I is part of a system!

space is relative
everyone experiences space differently

does this spatial thinking enable us
to be in it? 
or somewhere in-between?
or also outside?
and to be able to dissolve spatial boundaries? 

“In a meditation on the subject of being, one usually puts space between parentheses, in other words, one leaves space „behind one.“ 

am I a part of it (unconsciously)?
or do I participate actively and consciously in what is happening?

“Thus, without commentary, Van Gogh wrote: ‘Life is probably round.’” 

“In fact, it is not a question of observing, but of experiencing being in its immediacy.”

spectator, actor/actress, participant
always a part of the whole
everything is one
everything is round


(Quotations from Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958)

 

Photo: Marlies Gruber