Spatial spheres of influence

Spatial spheres of influence

Posted on: 16/11/2017

Schema 1 # a picture says a thousand words....

"Space is the breath of Art " Frank Lloyd Wright

"Like the house of breath, the house of wind and voice is a value that hovers on the frontier between reality and unreality.  No doubt a realistic mind will remain well this side of this region. But for a poetry lover who reads with joy and imagination, it is a red-letter day when he can hear echoes of the lost house in two registers. The old house, for those who know how to listen, is a sort of geometry of echoes. The voices of the past do not sound the same in the big room as in the little bed chamber, and calls on the stairs have yet another sound.  Among the most difficult memories, well beyond any geometry that can be drawn, we must recapture the quality of the light; then come the sweet smells that linger in the empty rooms, setting an ariel seal on each room in the house of memory. Still farther it is possible to recover not merely the timbre of the voices, " the inflections of the beloved voices now silent, "  but also the resonance of each room in the sound house. In this extreme tenuousness of memory, only poets may be expected to furnish us with documents of subtly psychological nature. ". Gaston Bachelard . P60-61. 'The Poetics of Space' . 

"The truth is found in the ignored, and the forgotten, and the left out" 
Judy Chicago [Per hyperlink please note: Background music slightly jarring in first few seconds of video but then settles to mainly talk] 

'Many people relate to the experience of sensing others, emotions and the environment around them. In fact many of us simply take this as a natural part of who we are, now studies on mirror neurons, empathy and neurodivergence support the experience and give it a much needed lense inside of Academia.' Divergent Mind Jenara Nerenberg

" There is an invisible world out there, and we are living in it"  Bill Viola .
*This quote was brought to my attention at States of Wordlessness: Exploring Neurodivergent Space through Creative Practice'. [2023] Recommended viewing.

"Music is the space between the notes".*This quote is heavily attributed to the French composer Claude Debussey but also similar words are attributed to musician Miles Davies. I continue to look for the source(s). 

"Art is poetry, critism, and the transcendent. There are two different paths that lead to it.  One is the embodiment of one's internal images. The other is the combining of one's inner thoughts and other reality. There is also a third way, the exact reproducation of reality , but this approach precludes intimations and leaps of imagination, so I cannot accept it as art. 

I have chosen the second path, the path of encounter between inner and outer. What is important in this kind of art is to limit the parts of work I make, accept the parts I do not make,  and create a dynamic relationship in which these aspects both inter penetrate or repel each other. I hope that this relationship will lead to to the opening up of poetic, critical, and transcendent space. 

I call this the art of yohaku - emptiness (resonant space).  

What I mean by yohaku is not simply the space that is left vacant in the paintings of many painters. Such a space is lacking reality. For example, if a drum is struck, the sound reverberates into empty space. The space of this vibration, including the drum, is what I call yohaku." - Yohaku - Emptiness. Lee Ufan, 1999 . From Lee Ufan 'Open Dimension' catalogue. P 101. 

Artist Agnes Martin created her own space declaring 'I paint with my back to the world'. 
Guarding her private space to create an extensive body of work. 

'Conceiving of space as a static slice through time , as representation, as a closed system and so forth are all ways of taming it. They enable us to ignore its real import: the coeval multiplicity of other trajectories and the necessary outward- lookingness of spatialised subjectivity. In so much philosophy it is time which has been a source of ecitement (in its life) or terror (in its passing). I want to argue  (and setting aside for the moment that we should not separate them like this) that space is equally exhilarating and threatening.  P 59 'for space'. Doreen Massey 

Doreen Massey, the late, Social Geoographer,  discusses space, it's multiplicity, our spatial relations, geography of power in this Youtube video  Doreen Massey on Space_Social is 'More than one story of development' . 

'A mind seeks what is meaningful to itself in the universe' 'The book of Minds'.
Philip Ball 

Varying space, movement and speed brings difference in spatial tempo(s). 

The Japanese concept of Ma describes the 'interval' between things, the 'space inbetween', 'the pause', the 'concept of space and time'. 

The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi is a spacious aesthetic and philosophy and which provides space from perfection. 

How we occupy it, how we perceive it, how we interact with it, how it is taken from us, how it is kept, how it is claimed and reclaimed, how it is devalued, how it is given, how it provides freedom, how it can be a comfort, how language augments it, how it can be a release, how personal space demises, how it can be made negative, how space is temporary and active are major drivers throughout this practice.

Space comes in many forms; both internally and externally.

Each space leading, intermingeling with and overlapping the next.

Reference information: 

'The Poetics of Space' by Gaston Bachelard [Book] 

'The Poetics of Space' by Gaston Bachelard. Joan Ockman. Harvard Design Magazine [Article] 

Lee Ufan 'Open Dimension'  exhbition catalogue.,impact%20of%20one%20of%20the

'Connecting with the Unseen World' 

'The Concept of "Ma" in Japanese Life and Culture 

©2023 Pernille Fraser