‘If place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place.’
The hypermodern theory of ‘urban rehabilitation’ states that a true living city is one that will react to your emotional needs. When you are in need it will nurture you.
The contemporary city dweller’s lifestyle is characterised by continuous speed and movement. Cities are becoming interchangeable. The easy capacity of movement makes for a neglect of activity and identity within the grounding of a single, once individual place, creating solitude and alienation.
Non-places are temporary spaces for passage, communication and consumption; the motorways seen from car interiors, petrol stations, supermarkets. Places which we all inhabit but rarely give a second thought.
The piece was initially inspired by the emotional state of commuters on a dark, wet , January evening, and driven further from an investigation into the healing quality of light (insert ref~) and the physical reaction of cells to lights waves (the electromagnetic spectrum).
The resulting effect is that of turning the perception of shadows from being the ’enemy’ of light and the cause of darkness to something that actually creates colour.
The principles can be transferred to a gallery installation, a nightclub or a derelict wasteland.
The aim of this experiment was to create a space that lifts the heart. An interactive installation designed to revive the spirit. With the addition of play, the piece, by employing careful sensory manipulation, attempts to trigger forgotten memories. The sensory experiences access the viewers ‘mind space’, encouraging a positive emotional response teased out of memories that may have been laying dormant for years.