Space is a word that seems to be chucked around a lot. Every time someone says space, or I read about it in a book, I always think first about the universe, millions of stars and looking down on the Earth from afar. Then I realise that they are not talking about intergalactic exploration, but rather about this almost ineffable medium that seems to affect everything in dance, art and well, life.

The different types of space, the relationships with space, how we can use space, the body in space, ‘I need some space’, ‘get out of my personal space’ … the list seems endless. It’s always something that’s there, an important aspect that needs to be considered, yet always seems to melt into the background. After all it’s space, it’s everywhere.

For Ideas in Arts, I am considering the ‘white cube’. A convention in art galleries where walls are bare and white, and art work is displayed in this seemingly ‘neutral’ space. For, everything impacts on how we perceive artwork. If a painting was to be displayed in a kitchen it would have a very different effect than if it was hanging from a tree in a park. So is the ‘white cube’ really neutral? Or is just a gallery stereotype that helps to define what is art. Is it some sort of validation?

If I placed a half eaten apple in a ‘white cube’ would it then appear to be a piece of art, or would it still be a half eaten apple in an empty white room? Does the space around it, affect our perception of said half eaten apple?

This post is mostly about consolidating my research outside of my head. But it really has made me wonder whether I need to take space more seriously. Rather than just mentioning it as a courtesy, or to tick a box, but as a dimension that really does carry influence. To gain a little perspective, to steer away from the main event and to look at the space around it. The background and the foreground. This post seems to have taken a philosophical slant, but it’s interesting nonetheless, and I intend to be a more conscious of this thing that is EVERYWHERE.

Example of white cube gallery space. Guy Broadhurst at Surfacing Exhibition

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