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

second intervention 2013-04-25 by the school kids

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Thu, May 16, 2013 11:57:21

This workshop and intervervention in the vague space in Västra Frölunda included 21 school-kids from Frölundaskolan. The new thing this time was the introduction of color! The kids were very excited and just choosing the color was an important part of the process.

The instructions for the workshop were as follows:

1. You can use as many balls of threads you like but take on at a time.

2. Stay inside the vague space.

3. The most important thing to remember is that you decide what you do with the material and how & where you do it in the space. Do exactly what you feel like doing!

As before the schoolkids bring loads of energy and concentration with them. This time there were more collaborations already from the start. Except for making a wide range of designs, constructions and shapes relating to the space the schoolkids bring up relevant questions. "Are we allowed to do this?" Our first answer to this question related to littering and I answered that the wool yarn is degradable and will vanish over time and not pollute the area. Our second answer was related to laws an rules about what everyone are allowed or prohibited from doing in public space. At our final meeting with the schoolkids this question was addressed and we had a discussions around public space as a space fro freedom and responsibility. The kids was quite aware about prohibitions in public space but less educated in what they are actually allowed to do there.

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reflections in-between interventions

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Thu, May 16, 2013 11:19:57

This is an example of reflections that the school-kids do in their notebooks. They do this when we meet them at "fritis" in-between the interventions.

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intervention by someone

interventionsPosted by Lena T H Berglin Sun, April 14, 2013 19:55:20

Today we found this new installation in the ring, in black and white, made by someone. It was interesting to see another color than the white one, maybe we got some new ideas.

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intervention 2013-02-26 by the school kids

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Tue, March 12, 2013 12:48:20

The first intervention by the school kids from Frölundaskolan. So far we have prepared for the intervention in the vague space together with the kids and finally today we had the opportunity to make it happen for the first time. Again the kids are really making use of the whole space and easily come up with own ideas on what they want to do and how to do it. Big thanks to all the kids and the personal!

The energy and the concentration which the kids engage in the work are amazing.

And so are the results!

This is the conditions for the work: a ball of yarn and your hands.

For us the “drawings” that was made in the landscape by the yarn was fascinating.

The statements from the kids were equally fascinating. They were stating different things on what they were doing. Some stated they were doing shelters for spiders, a castle or they made zig-zag patterns. Some were trying to do similar to what we had done before. They all came together in the statements that they were doing something that made things nicer and they enjoyed doing it. Everything was documented by the kids themselves.

The result that came out of today’s work with the school kids, a group of people that normally use the vague space but under less organized forms, were interesting both from an artistic and a research point of view. The work will continue and the next step this spring is to engage with other groups that are using this space.

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mirrored textile text

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, January 18, 2013 11:03:09
In the harsh january light the textile text appears from behind. The letters appear backwords and mirrored. We have given the vague space a front and a backside, and maybe also an inside and an outside. How can we connect this front and back and start working with the vague space as a space and not a billboard?

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vandalism or potential

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, November 23, 2012 15:23:29

We thought that the heavy wind and rain would do more harm to the installation than it has done. Instead the structure has been torn down by someone and this effects the lower parts of the textile text.

The challenge here is to work with the feelings of disappointment and instead include the result in the process. We can see the beauty in what has been done and from another angle it is interesting that someone else is adding to our work regardless their intentions.

We will leave what has been torn hanging down but rebuild and maintain the original structure. But for a few days the letters will not be complete.

The yarn that is hanging down will be used in further experiments in one way or another.

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intervention 2012-10-27

interventionsPosted by Lena T H Berglin Sun, October 28, 2012 07:44:39

The "textile text" is finally there and almost all the leaves have left the trees.

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tear and maintenance

interventionsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, October 26, 2012 11:33:21
Yesterday we found that the lower parts had been torn down. These pictures shows what it looked like before and after we rebuilt it.

Next time it happens by people or by the weather...because it will happen. We will work with it as an aesthetic element in the intervention. This is part of our idea of working with maintenance as part of our process.

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