"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
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Sun, December 09, 2012 17:13:53 This week we met a second time with the kids at Frölundaskolan. This time we visited the vague space and the kids could explore the space and engage with our interventions. Afterwards we sat down inside and the kids wrote stories and made drawings about their own experiences of vague spaces. Next time when it is not so cold the kids will make textile interventions of their own in the space.
The yarn that had been torn down was used by the kids to climb up a small elevation.
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Wed, November 28, 2012 22:50:26 Today we meet a group of 18 school kids at the youth centre in Frölundaskolan (public elementary school in Västra Frölunda). A few of them were the same kids we had meet earlier in the vague space. We meet them to prepare for the probing of the vague space next week. They prepared their notebooks for writing stories, collecting findings and other documentation. They also took a look at their probing material, the wool yarn. The kids did a great job and we are now very excited to meet them again next week to explore the space together with them. Thank you Ninni and everyone at Frölundaskolan for having us there and thank you Anna for taking the photos for us.
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, November 23, 2012 15:40:00 Another design found close to the vague space is
the wind and rain shelter that people who drink alcohol outdoors have built.
This shelter is now torn down and doesn´t exist anymore. We think of the people
who drink alcohol in the area as an informal stakeholder of the space and
as a group of people who has a lot of knowledge of vague spaces.
It is very difficult to encounter people who use
the space for drinking. It feels like it exist an invisible wall between this group, us and other people around them.
This is a red text that someone painted on a stone cursing
people who drink alcohol in this space.
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Wed, October 24, 2012 20:05:30 Yesterday we were finally approached by a man in an orange jacket, he had a beard
and was also wearing a baseball cap. Entering from the other side of the round meadow, at
the exact moment as the other man we were approached by a man in green,
also bearded and wearing a beret. The man in orange jacket was part of
the workers group that are building the recreational area that is being
set up next to the space. The man in green jumper came from the park
and nature management at the city council of Göteborg. They both had questions about our activity. We explained the
projects intention of exploring vague spaces and with the dual goals of
art in public space and material development. We felt a positiv response from both of them.
Today the childen have started to use us as a more permanent part of their environment by asking questions about the whereabouts of their friends when they can´t find them.
Passers-by are also starting to pay more attention to our presence and work.
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Mon, October 22, 2012 16:01:41 What are you doing? This is the question which the kids from the school next door asks when they encounter us. We have developed an answer which we now use frequently. We are weaving in the trees Works so far. Today three boys visited us and chatted for a bit and then kept on playing hide-and-seek in and around the space and the meadow.
We are waiting for the orange men to ask us what we are doing. They are only looking so far.
encountersPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Sun, October 14, 2012 18:02:32 Today four
curious, open minded and outspoken children from the school nearby came
to visit us. They were amazed by the inside of our installation and
the tactility of the threads. They told us stories about our vague space, a
secret place where they could escape and imagine their own
worlds. After a while they came back with four white roses as a gift.
Why? Because we made the trees so beautiful.
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.