Object Space

Flatbed Scan 22 (2014) — CL

The programme of the object plays out across multiple, intertwined, spaces in our daily lives. It takes place next to existing furniture. It pushes up against our bodies limits, pressing its edges: the fork’s prongs hold enough food to fit into our mouth’s opening; the boot’s leather bends along the crease of our toes; the chair cradles our skeleton’s awkward fit. The object intrudes on our virtual spaces too, the ones we conjure into existence by various combinations of sensation, emotion and memory, anchoring our identities and our aspirations.

Held together by their proximity to one another, these multiple layers of different types of spaces — linguistic space; national space; close-up space; strip space; skin space; screen space; network space; ghetto space; soul space; torn space; plastic space; psychic space; unmarked space; internal space; car space; spiral space; imploded space; monolithic space; cinematic space; holy space; ineffable space; measured space; fallen space; liquid space; hot space; dry space; side space; flat space; erased space; anarchic space; love space; acrobatic space; criminal space; optic space; topological space; universal space; impossible space; hallucinating space; being space; painful space; beautiful space; inarticulate space; shiny space; smooth space; capitalist space; portable space; steep space; zoom space; momentary space; hand space; overlapping space; outer space; marginal space; projective space; non-space space; euclidean space; blank space; indecipherable space; deep space; utopian space; hair space; discontinuous space; numerical space; invaded space; undefined space; withdrawn space; erotic space; bureaucratic space; economic space; genetic space; forgotten space; street space; vague space; fictitious space; ideological space; intestinal space; blind space; upside-down space; protest space; dissonant space; vibration space; spoken space; pneumatic space; remote control space; ladder space; scattered space — form the environment in which the object operates.

“..spreading like the surface of a body of water, spreading towards available spaces or trickling downwards towards new spaces through fissures and gaps, eroding what is in its way. The surface can be interrupted and moved, but these disturbances leave no trace, as the water is charged with pressure and potential to always seek its equilibrium, and thereby establish smooth space.”
 — A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, (1980)