Samuel Safe, Practising Between [×]
The in-between is intermediate in its being and indeterminate in its becoming. It occupies a temporary moment in time; bookended by past conditions and future potentialities. By understanding the in-between in this way – as a largely fragmented halfway field – processes of flux and states of suspense are alluded to.
Practising Between is a process-driven research inquiry interrogating the designer’s role in analysing and documenting existing conditions of sites in temporal states of vacancy. These sites in flux operate as microcosms for larger issues around value and preservation amidst capitalist forces when interiors enter a state of dilapidation and derelict. A State Savings Bank, dilapidated mansion in Toorak, and vacant portion of land scattered with remains of a recently demolished dwelling are the focus of this inquiry. The interlacing thread weaving commonality between these sites is they collectively occupy a state of betweenness; a moment in time bracketed by what they once where; halted on their way to becoming something else. The project speculates; how can working with fragments from existing sites that occupy a state of betweenness be interrogated to craft or restore value?
Practising Between is situated amidst processes of archiving, re-presentation and encounter within the context of the post-internet era. The project comprises a series of embodied site-specific responses offering a commentary on the potential value a designer can access while working with fragments of the existing. This spatial dialogue is manifested through iterative processes of assemblage, film and digital exhibition. The overarching intent for working with these mediums is to apprehend the historical, spatial, temporal and immaterial conditions of each site; so they can be immortalised and re-encountered. The project culminates in an online exhibition compiling the various responsive gestures and operates as an emergent archive and autonomous place of encounter; where the interface and navigation of the website is designed in parallel with the ideas that surfaced through the practising.