by Alejandro Ball 

A look into the unconventional studio space…
As the contemporary idea of space moves further into a state of pliable subjectivity imposed onto a location — there is by consequence — an increase of use in spaces that were originally used for the individuals’ private sphere. Take the artist studio, this place has the historical implication of contemplation and inspiration for the creative user it houses. However, despite this interpellation between the individual space and the exhibition space, architecturally the construction of the building, which many of these sites are situated in, were devised for another function. Whether it is an estate block, small business/studio centre, or a university building, care has to be taken with public access. If we remember that every build has its own sets of regulation, which are made to insure the occupants’ safety, this doesn’t always translate well for the public exhibition. While traditionally, these type of sites are the first to become artist run spaces, the direct affect on public accessibility due to building regulation is a strong allegation to consider when developing an event or exhibition for one of these sites.
Thus, take a moment to think, how do you become visible to the passersby, when there is a labyrinth between them and you? How do you prevent the buildings security and maintenance staff from deterring the public from visiting? Because we have to remember that these individuals in themselves, follow a specific protocol that was in place before anyone ever thought of having an exhibition there… With the value of space booming from corporate gentrification practices it could be said that these space are, in fact, the most common on the contemporary scene. Yet, these sites still pose the problem of relinquishing their original purpose, because of governmental controls, which begs the question… Why can’t there be a greater flexibility to accommodate creative endeavours into the infrastructure of architecture, which capital ventures seem to have?

SPACE > Alejandro Ball > 31.05.2015