"vague terrain - vague tissue", artistic research, geographically situated in the suburb of Västra Frölunda, Gothenburg, Sweden
This is a site-specific collective artistic praxis and we are investigating into vague spaces through the interventions of temporary, process-based, textile installations in non-traditional spaces. The vague spaces are based on "terrain vague", a concept coined by the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morale (1995). Vagueness is here explored from the point of view of the citizen, the habitant and the wanderer inspired by Michel de Certeau (1984). Therefore the vague terrains explored are small in-between vacant areas in (sub)urban spaces, scheduled to be built upon in the future. Vague Tissue is the development of site-specific tissues that grow, transform, pulsate, molds, camouflages and play with visions through transparency and create complex spaces that changes over time. The materials used are experiments with the spinning and preparation of textile fibres and yarn. The first year 2012/2013 will be devoted to basic research focusing on vague space, designing the probing activities, material experiments and development. On this blog you can follow experiments, encounters and interventions in vague spaces of Västra Frölunda. All photos by Lena T H Berglin och Kajsa G. Eriksson
vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Wed, January 29, 2014 14:49:51 The place
as a space moves into my body and becomes a part of it. This is an un-reversible
process. To flow, to flee into a space, to mimic, to appropriate and partially
assimilate. The space is eventually left and abandoned and still the space lives
on inside of me as memory, experience, new stories and fantasies. The process
goes on regardless if the space is self-organized or governed but there is a
difference, in a governed space the actual structure and system of the space
seem to move in to my body rather than the informal and random meetings of a vague
space and in this case a particular “terrain vague” in Västra Frölunda.
the connection between my body and the space as an invisible thread that
continue to exist between me, people, plants, animals and material.
We have found that the vague space have become a place for playful constructions with materials like branches, sticks, stones and straw. Is it the kids from school using the space? A few days later we found out what was going on. The art school at Frölundaskolan was inspired by the workshops/interventions we had done in the vague space and had started their own outdoor project there using natural material found in the space to built and create different forms and shapes. By doing something in a space does not only mean it ends there. As long it is public other people will be inspired.
vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, February 08, 2013 10:45:17 During the last week of january vague terrain frölunda was
presented at the art-school Gerlesborgsskolan in Gerlesborg, a small community
situated north of Gothenburg right by the ocean. There was also a workshop on
the topic of vagueness. The students made their own interpretations of “terrain
vague” and from that choose their own vague spaces to work with.
Early on in the work process the students realized that the
whole area had a vague character since it has a lot of summer house which makes
it a place filled with people in the summer and an empty place in the winter.
This gives the village a temporarily vagueness in winter time. This gives rise
to new spaces of potential but also spaces of emptiness and death.
Here are few images of different kinds of vagueness in
Big thanks to the students Clara, Helle, Lotte, Annie, Sara,
Carl & Ellinor
A sleeping space.The summer house which has been put to
sleep for the winter. All things are stored away and the space is left on its
A dumping space. A torn down house is laid out on a field to
An uncanny space. The house where you see no people around
but can here a radio playing from inside.
A space of double emotions. At the top of a hill with a
stunning view of the archipelago and at the same time the humming sound of
electricity (or something) and grey steel houses that have signs that tell you
to “keep out!”
A space of everyday function turning into abstract form. A
deconstructed playground where the swings are taken away and the sand in the
sandbox is heavy and hard.
A construction barely holding together. Walls are sliding
and roofs are gliding and the surfaces are turning color from moulds.
vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Tue, October 30, 2012 11:46:25 The vague space is located at the north end of the round circle that you can see on the map. Since it is an old map it reveals the original design idea for the place.
Below is a photo of the "round ring" from the date 2012-10-16. The ring in the landscape is still there and it reveals its design elements when used. The round ring is levelled one metre lower than the ground around it. The space is well drained and sheltered from the wind. Some trees are still there from the original circle of trees and this is where you find our work.
Lena T H Berglin is a researcher in Textile Material Design with an interest in future textile materials and the fluid relation between textile science and the use of materials. In my research I collaborate with researchers in polymer technology, art and physics. My experimental work covers the assembling of fibres into different kinds of yarns to the creation of the textile structures. Kajsa G. Eriksson is an artist and a researcher in urban art and design with the aim of enhancing engagement in public space. I work process based, site-specific and collaborative using the methods of "performing explorations". This method can be thought of as a probe, involving oneself as a starting point and using narrative, props, performance and materials to both create and discover scenarios and by this promote a sensuous understanding of urban space.