arrivals II, 2012, 100cm x 150cm, SOLD
in transit, 2012, 100 x 76cm, SOLD
influx, 2012, 120 x 160cm, SOLD
exit, 2012, 100 x 150cm, SOLD
arrivals, 2012, 110 x 160cm, SOLD
delayed, 2012, 150cm x 100cm, NFS
check in e, 2012, 150 x 100cm SOLD
To better understand the transitory nature of non-places I undertook a range of planned or random psychogeographic wanderings at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 2012. Psychogeography is a methodology that explores geography and human expression through walking. Wandering through the airport formed not only my image collection process but its anonymous nature provided a quiet and reflective space to consider how to translate the experience back in the studio.
KLIA has been designed to global standards; it is a quintessential non-place*. It is generic, vast, shiny and new, clean and quiet – very different from traditional Malaysian transit stations which are noisy, old and often outdoors.
As a society we are spending more time transitioning through these disorientating spaces, rather than being present in specific places. The non-place offers anonymity, change, unknown possibilities and restrains significant connections between users. Our increasing reliance on mobile technology adds another layer of disconnection within these spaces.
* French theorist Marc Augé defined the non-place as a generic, anonymous and transitory space.