The term Interspace refers to Intermedia, a term that visual and poetry artist Dick Higgins used to describe his interdisciplinary activities. The term Interspaces can be interpreted as a definition for interdisciplinary forms of architecture and experiments that explore the boundaries of the field. Such in between spaces are often innovative, layered, alienating, original, challenging, inviting, free, sensational, creative, stimulating and unpredictable without being irrational.
An interaction is sought between architecture and other media or disciplines by focusing on shape, construction, materialization as well as on the perception of spaces.
Small scale models are made, more from the ‘doing’ than from the ‘thinking’. An answer is sought to the question how spaces can develop, change, hide. There is room for small-scale experiments.
The countless scale models are photographed, taking away the scale from the model and allowing it to make the transition to a (still imaginary) actual scale.
Aspects such as light, material, height, fragility and tension are filtered from the experiments so as to gradually proceed to larger scale test installations in order to reach a final installation in its actual size.
Waste wood is recycled and serves as a basis for building the installation. Sawing and stacking wooden waste cubes results in an ever-increasing tube.
The wooden blocks are grouped according to colour, creating a stack of narrow coloured discs. The space between the blocks in one row is also constantly changed, resulting in an alternation of quite large openings between the blocks to none at all. Both due to the variation in colour and in space between the blocks, a sort of play arises that gives the tower its own character and creates a ‘spontaneous’ pattern in a stack of trash. This space forms a second shell around the tower. The massive walls contrast with the fragile stacked waste wood. By letting light shine inside from the tower, a shadow play arises on the walls of the front porch.
The small tower looks like an extra column, although it stands on its own. It reaches to the cavity under which the tower stands but does not quite touch the ceiling.
The cavity gives a view of the roof area and the stained glass windows. The main entrance is a very transient place but by placing the tower right there, the space is experienced different and slower and the view of the passer-by is directed differently than usual.
The column seems massive although it is just nothing more than a fragile stack of wooden blocks. People really come to realize that when they are inside. It is a play of light and shadow, massive and transparent, attraction and repulsion, … and it is just those contradictions that create an experience, an interspace.