vague terrain frölunda

vague terrain frölunda

"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

to be a place

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.

I picture the connection between my body and the space as an invisible thread that continue to exist between me, people, plants, animals and material.

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vague play

vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Mon, May 27, 2013 11:30:39

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.

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layers of threads

vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Thu, May 16, 2013 11:13:06

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vague spaces at Gerlesborgsskolan, Bohuslän

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 Gerlesborg.

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 own.

A dumping space. A torn down house is laid out on a field to disintegrate.

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.

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showing off

vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, November 23, 2012 11:48:59

The vague space is showing off its vagueness

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the round ring

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.

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march 2012: searching for terrain vague

vaguenessPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Mon, September 10, 2012 12:18:12
looking for vagueness in and around Västra Frölunda:

non-cleared vegetation




found vague tissues

secret activities



mysterious objects

urban design

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