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memory of an empty space

Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
but the empty space between them
is the essence of the wheel.
Pots are formed from clay,
but the empty space between it
is the essence of the pot.

Walls with windows and doors from the house,
but the empty space within it
is the essence of the house.

(by LAO TSE)


People whispering load
no tangible sense
body language
food for thought
It is the essence of negative space

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We keep looking at people around us in the streets and noticing how much space they perceive around themselves.
Is this the space needed to feel secure?
Does it still exist when we are next to ones we love?

We thought concentrating on outlines would help us to understand what it means to occupy space and assist us to illustrate without assumptions.

From the drawn negative shapes of our bodies we started exploring a “chaotic” puzzle with different shapes and pieces. Inbal often loses or misplaced  things. They fall, get lost or just vanish, but the frequency with which they come back to her is uncanny. This phenomenon was something that intrigued us and so we decided to explore it in our project.

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A scarf made out of the shapes of  negative space .
The shapes are made out of Memory foam and wool. Embedded magnets in them which allows you to connect one to another. This lets you create interesting shapes and multiple combinations for the scarf. The frailty of the scarf makes conscious about relative “parts”, and so the dialogue between the body and the scarf makes those spaces now “positive” by being tangible.

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*correspondence with the text above

**Concept & Design with: Dor Levi

4 thoughts on “Memory of an empty space

  1. I stumbled on your page while browsing the Japanese concept of ma. I especially like your still photographs. I do a lot of collage, and so I am constantly aware of that which I must cut away. Some cuts can be done with scissors, some only with a knife. The poem you quote here. Who wrote it, and where can I find its source?

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