Eidotypes of difference as cure. From the series of experiential exercises: a) measurement of attachment to a place
PURPOSE: to regain one’s path of attachment to the domestic place.
CONTEXT: Attachment to a place, was defined by Rubstein (1992) as “a set of feelings that refer to a geographical place, which emotionally binds a person to this place according to their role or as an experiential setting”.
Awareness of our relationship with the place is essential to wellbeing.
At this time for many, the home place has coincided with the workplace. For many of us, the home is also, as it was before, the workplace: that of taking care of oneself, and of caring. At this time the coordinates have changed, the referential paradigm is being reversed, the roles are often shared. The opportunity here is to welcome this shift in position, unhinging patterns and rules, including those of geometry and geography applied to measuring and controlling place.
Let’s get rid of the specific reference of how the body occupies the physical space and follow the indications of how the soul reveals our own micro-geographies to us!
Paper of your choice
1-Identify places in the house that can each be connected to a memory you can think of and/or and share it with others in the house. In each place, choose a portion of space between the floor and the wall that you want to document as a reference to that memory. To do so:
2-Fold a square of tinfoil several times to form a strip of about 4 centimeters.
3-Place the strip on the chosen space along the perimeter and make it adhere, until the foil strip has taken the shape of the chosen surface.
4-Place the shape thus formed on a sheet of paper and trace the profile with a pencil
5-Repeat the operation and start to combine the lines obtained to form a possible new floor plan
6-Cut the sheet of paper at the end of the mark on each
7-Rearrange the micro-geographies thus obtained in an eidotype of difference
Elena Cologni lives and works in Cambridge, UK, where she is Senior Research Fellow at the Cambridge School of Art, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Anglia Ruskin University). she has been 250th Artist Fellow at Homerton College (University of Cambrigde, 2018).