Jiaqi Ma, Traversing [in] Betweenness [×]
In-between is a space that seems to be inferior and hidden in the practical interplay of our interiority and exteriority of the world. Traversing [in] betweenness explores this position of the in-between as a situational condition that unfolds actively with the movement of the body, in relation to space and time. This speculative project challenges the convention of transitional spaces as liminal and considers techniques for encountering the urban interior through reimagining the way one navigates and negotiates the city.
Hong Kong is a dense, complex, and compressed urban interior which reveals the delight and difficulty that arises from intensified urban living. Its urban context is therefore crucial in addressing the impact of travelling. Situated at the Central mid-level escalator, this site is a series of situations explored in relation to ideas of the in-between and offers new ways of traversing the city and encountering the urban interior.
This research addresses the concern of the growing developments in convenient, efficient technologies emerging in large cities, which are immensely accelerating our pace of life and slowly impairing our bodily engagement within this practical world. By disrupting the existing flows, speed and rhythm within the city, site, and situations; this notion of the in-between is intended to produce a dynamism with time and space in attempting to re-address our self-awareness to the inside, outside.
The research priorities time and space as two distinct conditions that are closely intertwining and inter-dependant. The notion of rupture is introduced as a concept and tactic for producing situations in a state of becoming. Materials, surfaces, screens and apparatus’ disrupt the existing in-between situations, to produce a rupturing, which is a new betweenness, that proliferates to form a relational shift with ourself, with other people and the city.