THE UNLIMITED QUALITY OF LIMITED SPACE
Extreme conditions of high density living have been imposing great pressure on daily life and created non-stop argument between government policies and citizens’ expectation. It leads to social laceration which may possibly originate in the living distortion created by extreme capitalist visions. The distortion manipulates our concept of time and space which keep urging for achieving new extreme in both physical and mental, especially for whose has lower income.
For instance, an usual “bedroom” for partitioned space (板間房) of low income people is about 1900mm x 1500mm, which had become a basic unit for the physical purpose of sleeping, and also had become a measurement of social status and stages of life for the middle class. In high-rise residential tower, habitant concerns how smart they could extend 500mm of the bed from bay window and re-level it with a storage platform at 500mm(H). Those living adaption for sleeping on “bay window” is a commonplace of family scenes and has become a “bedroom norm” of a blessed family. Since Hong Kong people are too adaptive for confined space and used to create flexible solutions, they keep overcoming problems and adjusting solutions in different period of time for tackling difficult circumstances imposed to them, in the meanwhile, we seems have forgotten the inherent quality of living which we should deserved.
The art installation extracts the concept of partitioned space of low income people and turns it into a new partitioned spatial concept which can separate and integrate spaces to create an unlimited quality. Partition can shuts down and open up space for interaction in which local wisdom always present it with freedom of will within limited space for great possibilities, look at the vibrant streetscape in Hong Kong. Sometimes, the interactive scenes present certain spatial beauty as same as a poem, which creates great imagination with limited words and spatial setting. Could you experience the wisdom of poetic space within the limited space of 2.75 sqm? It may be a new dimension facing the problem of limitation, expanding our imagination and giving unlimited quality for such limitation facing by high density living.