The Invisible: Free the Space!


Site specific Installation,
Virtual reality

In Indonesia Contemporary art and Design 2021

The design of public housing carries a powerful agency that affects the community. The physical layout of public housing often does not consider the cultural or psychological needs of the residents, leading to a discrepancy between the design and the actual experience of inhabitants. The boundaries between private and public spaces, as well as living and working areas, tend to blur in public housing design. In contrast, residents’ responses to public housing create an informal approach to design, where spatial patterns are constantly changing and extend beyond physical boundaries. This aspect can be read as performative architecture, where spaces are produced to be changeable and without fixed programs. Public housing no longer serves solely as a physical shelter but reflects the cultural and identity dynamics of its inhabitants.The pavilion installation seeks to create an illusory interior of public housing, exploring the fluidity of space and blurring the boundaries between real and imagined space through virtual reality. The installation captures the informal design practices and sprawl that occurs in between formal buildings and represents the sensorial qualities of public housing interiors through sound and video. The pavilion invites the audience to imagine the experience of inhabitants in their new homes, evoking a sense of uncanniness and displacement.