work (above) explores the concept of lived space and the border between private and public space through a construction that is as much liveable space as a concept of dress. From one perspective it is a construction of an extreme subjective experience, a kind of intimate poetic space such as one described by, for example Bachelard (1994), or the intense space of bodily presence discussed by Böhme (2003). On the other hand, the work is also an instrumental objectification of a person established in space. As such, the work negotiates a converging subject and a diverging object through the concrete internal experience it produces and the abstract external rationality it presents. Although this model, like the two examples above, also suggests practical application, its materiality and particular ‘unrelation’ to the body holds it back from direct applications in dress, making it more theoretically abstract. However, by gradually moving from being installed in the model and information-scape to become an observer of the model’s conditions from a distance, its particular conditions transform from implicit evidence to explicit information about a defined material system of construction. In this way the model is an example of an atlas that shapes the subject as well as the object of science, as Daston and Galison (2007) suggest. It simultaneously cultivates a discrete self wherein knowing and knower converge through an aesthetic process in which form and substance merge through the possibilities both to enter and to exit the model.
*Bachelard, G. (1994) The Poetics of Space. Boston: Beacon Press
*Böhme, G. (2003) The Space of Bodily Presence and Space as a Medium of Representation in Hård, M. et al. (ed.) (2003): Transforming Spaces. The Topological Turn in Technology. Studies. (http: //www.ifs.tu-darmstadt.de/gradkoll/Publikationen/transformingspaces.html)
*Daston, L. and Galison, P. (2007) Objectivity. New York: Zone Books