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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layers of threads

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

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urban developmentPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Wed, May 15, 2013 15:47:19

A space for...

a blanket, company, drink & food...

...and rest

All this fun depends on keeping warm and dry.

Therefore the drain we finally found in the middle of the round meadow, well hidden by grass, confirms what we have been suspected all along. The space "Runda Ringen" was once designed and planned to be used by people.

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extended dye

experimentsPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Mon, May 13, 2013 15:52:10
Wine, gum arabic and rain will change the color of the yarn even more.

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urban developmentPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Mon, May 13, 2013 15:41:14
Observing the execution of urban plans on site makes urban development fundamentally mysterious.

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urban developmentPosted by Kajsa G Eriksson Fri, April 19, 2013 10:25:30

Spending time in a space is a start of many different things.

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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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