FRONTIERS & BOUNDARIES






B O U ND A R I E S attempted, in vain, to pin-down the fickle, arrest the mutable and push the ever-shifting parts of the city into some kind of definable corner. The workroom tried to answer the question of what is meant by a site’s ‘state of mind’. We looked at the site’s present condition, what was happening in that very moment. We used a map in order to represent these findings - common routes of confluence, ambiances, happenings, traces - and as a space to form a relationship with the site.

Through a series of exploratory tactics the workroom questioned how such sites’ are enlivened by being passed through, how sites can often speak when spoken to, how stories can haunt a place and how sites are composed of much more than their physical construction may initially show. This workroom dealt mostly in interpretations and sensations, facts in such a task were fleeting, in the end however, even though we felt we had achieved, we understood more than ever the enormity -  and futility - of what we had undertaken.




The city is not, in other words, merely a physical mechanism and an artificial construction. It is involved in the vital processes of the people who compose it; it is a product of nature, and particularly of human nature’ (Robert Park)

‘We who live here wear this corner of the city like a comfortable old coat, an extension of our personalities, threadbare yet retaining a beauty of its own. This is the intimacy of cities, made more precious and more secret by our knowledge that is one of many cells or corners in a great city that is not so much a labyrinth as a web or a shawl. We wrap ourselves in the city as we journey through it. Muffled, we march, ‘like Juno in a cloud,’ drawing it around us like a cloak of many colours: a disguise, a refuge, an adventure, a home.’ (Elizabeth Wilson)

‘There are no forms in nature, in the wild state, as it is our gaze that creates these, by cutting them out of the depth of the visible. Forms are ‘developed’, one from another. What was yesterday regarded as formless or ‘informal’ is no longer these things today.’ (Nicolas Bourriaud)