2016 威尼斯国际建筑双年展

THE UNLIMITED QUALITY OF LIMITED SPACE
无限的有限空间

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 (板间房) 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.

高密度生活和极端的资本主义环境下,市民生活压力大, 政府政策和市民的生活期望有很大落差。它导致社会撕 裂,社会意识形态各走极端。特别对那些低收入的市民 而言,这些都是极端生活价值的后遗症。

低收入人士的板间房(卧室空间)约1900毫米x1500毫米,这空间已成为睡眠的基本物理单位,也作为判断社会地位和人生阶段的测量指标。

屏风有限制空间概念,但分隔的同时是否亦应有整合空间的概念(无限制的想像空间)?它在分隔空间时亦诱发互动,令自由意志在有限的空间里展示它的可能性。如诗一般,用有限的文字诱出巨大的想像空间美感。你能体验到板间房2.75平方米的有限空间带来的诗意吗?它可能为限制(Limitation)提供一个新的层面,扩大我们的想像力,在高密度的生活及压力中给人释放无限的质量。