Bypass, 2015


My fascination with the Non-Space was brought about by numerous hours spent in medical waiting rooms and airports. My own body was the first place that I felt a denormalization to these sites. Hospitals had always been a site of recurrent visits for my family, but when I was 19 I developed an autoimmunity. Exposed to the transitional spaces described, I needed to retain my identity while my physical self underwent a radical shift. The medicalized state of my own body brought about an intense desire to comprehend, and keep myself intact in these spaces. However, this site is one in which the micro experience is not totally different from the macro. I observed the architecture as a way to analyze the effect it might have on my own psychic and biological state and how that might reflect the collective social standing of the urban class. An attempt to diagnosis this behavior, as one might diagnose disease. I have become aware how these transitional spaces condition my existence as a political subject, framing my identity. In these minimal spaces, I questioned who I was supposed to be when I entered them. In what ways might the social atmosphere of the space affect our body language and thought processes. I realized that in these Non-Spaces, institutional systems were creating this behavior; our basic human instincts were to avoid each others both bodily and cognitively. A type of psychological state of apathy to the space came about.


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