while studying architecture, the first year happened to be very conceptual. one of our first assignments (if not the first) in design i was to define space with a model. of course, it would be interpreted in countless ways, but the assignment had model-building rules that limited and narrowed these options significantly. having finished this project, everyone ended up with their own personal appreciations of what space is. it can turn to a really extensive discussion but in essence, what helped me define space were limits themselves. space being actively defined by limit, by walls, bu the container, by lines, and so on. this is something that became a standard knowledge, always present like a basic philosophy.
but does it work in a metaphysical way?
today i saw a video of lady gaga answering a question by marina abramović: “who creates limits?” lady gaga explains how we create our own limits. that led me to think, can we and our creative power as “space” can even exist or excell at any level without limits? She describes abramović as a limitless human being, she’s a free bitch, baby!
however, this releases some questions as lady gaga overly describes (in kind of a drunken way) one of her favorite performances by her: “Rythm O”, where she stood in front of the audience and placed 72 different objects (like scissors, a gun, a bullet, a knife, etc.) on a table. the audiencecould do with these objects whatever they pleased as abramović stood there, detached of her sorroundings. so, this is a demostration of being limitless for lady gaga, but at the same time, this piece wouldn’t have had its outcomes if it weren’t for the limits. it tests the audience’s boundaries during the performance, that eventually start to crumble thanks to abramović’s detachment, but as somebody breaks out pointing the gun at her, another person decides to stop him/her, a new limit arises. limits define the space, but it does not stop it.
october 31st, 2012