Utopia = Securityscape = Disorientation, 2010 / self-published
Research and Installation for a public place
(Site Transformation, Experiential Urban Communication)
Keywords: Orientation, Disorientation, discrepancies, Contemporary Utopia, Security Concerns,
Non-Place, Interpassivity, Dependence, Surveillance and Control
This project is about discrepancies between our ideal life and reality or words and
action in the context of citizens’ hope living in Utopia. In this context, contemporary
Utopia means a safe environment from increased crime, terror, etc. In the urban society,
most people should be under ‘security concerns’ to live in their ideal world.
The problems in the context:
People prefer to turn their responsibility and accountability over to others:
the government, the police, supervisors, authorizations, rules, and devices.
Therefore, citizens gradually have been interpassive.
For the safe environment (Utopia):
Surveillance and Control became essential at the range of the world, especially
in every public place.
In Utopia, three factors become necessary for citizens;
Second, Dependence (no responsibility)
Third, Surveillance and Control
Effect and Problem:
In Utopia, citizens gradually lose any sense of natual orientation and interactive
capacities by passivity. This is a paradoxical phenomenon from interactive citizenship
in ideal human relations: the incessant exchange of opinions and viewpoints.
How can we stop the loss of the natural senses?
Is the most extremely controlled place closest to the contemporary Utopia?
Non-Place: Almost Utopia?
Non-Places are sites such as stations, airports, building lobbies and elevators
all around the world, which resemble one another so closely that they are
simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. The surveillance and control in
these places are the most excessive.
This work helps to relieve the paradoxical phenomenon between natural orientation
and disorientation by developing a new environment linking two Non-Places:
Elevator (most frequent and passive Non-Place) and Parking space.
This is realized with the inherent systems of each place.