The Laws of Space | 空间之道

The theme of this issue, “空间之道The Laws of Space”, serves as a springboard for discourse surrounding the ways in which space is sensed, objectively conceived, and subjectively perceived as a byproduct of personal memories and experiences. While it is ultimately of a subjective nature, the human form limits us to a certain framework under which these perceptions can arise – they are the so-called ‘laws’ of a space – it is the way, essence or 道 of its existence.

The subjective nature of perceiving has thus led us to invite 16 Beijing-based creatives to lend their own understanding of space. Furthermore, the publication’s intent is twofold. First, it archives the multi-sensory curated experience “Perceptions of Home”, which took place in March 2014 in one of Beijing’s Home Inn Motels and featured works by mixed media and performing artist, Chen Xi 陈熹, sound engineer and synthesizer maker, Meng Qi 孟奇, and photographer, Bu Yun Jun 卜云军. Second, it critically dissects how space, informed by subjective perception, is created, experienced, and utilized both practically and metaphysically.

Offering a unique, cross-sectional analysis of the unwritten laws that underlie space within various disciplines, this inaugural 八家BāJiā includes an interview on two-dimensional creative aesthetics with renown Chinese contemporary painter, Yu Hong 喻红; survey on ancient notions of ‘center’ by the Beijing-based, Taiwanese architect, Jenny Chou 周真徵; thesis on the utility of emptiness by the Chinese journalist and author, Wendy Wang 王敏; photographic essay exploring physical and psychological environments in China and America by Los Angelino, Harrison Schaaf; and the space-time occupied by Chinese Yams by sushi chef, Max Levy.

Whether relating to tangible structures or formless states of mind, what are the principles that govern an existence confined to this physical world? bāc-tā-gon invites your curiosity in exploring our contributors’ internalizations and expressions of space.



为了探讨人类感知的主观天性,我们邀请了16位北京创意人,来阐述他们对于空间的理解。此外,本期出版物具有双重意义。首先,它记录了多重感官策划的体验“家的知觉”。这次体验2014 年3月在北京的一家如家快捷酒店中开展,参与的艺术家有混合媒体、表演艺术家陈熹,声音工程师和音乐合成器制造者孟奇,和摄影师卜云军。其次,它批评性的剖析了空间如何透过主观感知,在实际应用和精神理论的立场上,被创造,体验和利用。

为了对不同领域中的空间之道进行独特和具有代表性的分析,首期的八家BāJiā 中包含了中国当代著名画家喻红关于二维空间创意美学的访谈;常驻北京的台湾建筑设计师周真徵对于“中心”古老定义的追溯;中国记者和作家王敏关于虚空的论文;洛杉矶人Harrison Schaaf探索中美两个不同国家物理及心理环境的影像论文;以及寿司师傅Max Levy描述山药所占据的时空 。

无论关于有形的结构还是无形的内心,究竟是什么主宰着这个物理世界中的存在性?bāc-tā-gon 邀请您怀着好奇来探索我们撰稿人关于空间的内化与表达。