Loitering 17.05.2012


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Loitering 17.05.2012

  1. 1. Inst. Figen IŞIK, Part-Time Inst. Burcu DERER OMAY, Res. Asst. Yekta BAKIRLIOĞLU Faculty of Architecture Department Of Industrial Design Erasmus IP Project Partnership with TU/Eindhoven & Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel: Cultural Differences in Practice 2011-2012 Spring Semester ID 501 Advanced Project Development In Industrial Design Hande IŞIK Selma KADİROĞLU Ceren KÖKTÜRK Hande ÖZTAŞ Zeliha UYURCA Nur YILDIRIM
  2. 2. What to look and observe? An underlying shared system of information and knowledge that is manifested through patterns of norms, behaviors and signifiers.
  3. 3. Main Argument By observing the change in notion of culture, we aim to explore dynamics of culture via inspecting the everyday life practices, which are shaped by modernization, performed in public spaces through urban equipment.
  4. 4. Loitering • to stand about without any aim or purpose; • to stand about idly; • to linger; • to hang around… • Historical meaning related to great depression, economics, modernization and urbanization
  5. 5. Loitering To spend time Not Being Monitored To see Safety To socialize Intimacy To subvert Lack of Appropriation
  6. 6. Loitering Loitering, as a free time activity to spend time, chat with friends, socializing and resting, is a repetitive action that almost everybody does. From housewives to business people and children, we tend to take our time by doing nothing specific, just relaxing, thinking and talking.
  7. 7. There are various contexts for different age and sexes, however loitering usually takes places as a group activity.
  8. 8. People from different social and economical backgrounds practice this activity in their habitus. Urban space is the place where habitus overlap.
  9. 9. In Turkish culture, loitering originated in town centers, bazaars, storefronts and house thresholds were the commonplaces due to their comfort and convenience. However, with modernization and urbanization, urban centers have become the place that loitering activity occurs.
  10. 10. Loitering Why do we loiter? Socializing/Talking/Gossiping/Communicating Monitoring Release Tension/Resting/Relaxing (Work, Stress) Bored (Boredom) Not Enough Activity Spaces (Lack of Urban Equipment and Space) Enjoyable (Leisure Time spent with friends)
  11. 11. Practices that takes place while loitering: Eating, Drinking & Smoking (Seeds, Tea, Coffee, Cigarettes, Pipe) Reading (Newspaper) Playing (Card games, backgammon)
  12. 12. Design Proposals 1- Loitering Area 2- Intimate Loitering 3- Loitering Objects
  13. 13. Mediums in relation to Conceptual Outcomes Feeling appropriated to space Practices are carried out collectively instead of personally Observing is more common, acting or interacting is less
  14. 14. When People Loiter, They Have Levels Look See Watch Discover Closing Distance Positive Impression Opening Distance Negative Impression Observer Not Very Interested
  15. 15. Design Ideas 1- Glasses 2- Mirrors 3- Puppets 4- Shadows, Silhouettes 5- Labyrinth-like space 6- Foot Steps & Auras
  16. 16. Mirrors Mirrors can be used in combination with images/video to make observers experience loitering action. Loitering image on one side, a mirror on the other side, visitors in the middle can see themselves in the picture.
  17. 17. Mirrors Loitering space is actually virtual Being in a group/crowd helps feeling comfortable Practices are carried collectively
  18. 18. Glasses We aim to use glasses with various colored filters as a metaphor that makes observer to experience the installation in different levels (Levels of Loitering Interaction) Actions /silhouettes / media in the installation space can be designed with specific colors that leaves out or reveals information with filters.
  19. 19. Glasses On a hi-tech level, small cameras can be placed in the middle of glasses to record what observer sees, for how long he looks at sth, Interaction takes place after looking for a time Can it be related with ‘Nazar’ (Bad Eye) concept?
  20. 20. Glasses Glasses with styles Maybe even masks that hide face
  21. 21. To See and To Be Seen Loitering is about looking, ‘to see and to be seen’. Loiterers watch, listen, observe and discover elements. And after one point, they may get noticed by their object of interest. To look and being looked back Do we look away when gazes cross? Do we act differently when aware of being watched? Pretending like not looking? Intimacy? Tactics…
  22. 22. Puppets Puppet play as an action to look and observe Interactive act that reacts observers; when looked for a long time, puppet may talk to observers If observer talks back, they might chat and loiter (Levels)
  23. 23. Puppets Puppets as interactive mediums that observers can shape Puppet can react to its new position by gestures Sitting units for puppets to be placed
  24. 24. Puppets Sitting styles are reflected, not static like a sculpture Not a still image that freezes moment Documenting styles that we spotted and styles that observers create; Accumulation
  25. 25. Loitering Area Argument: A practice that is acted in certain spaces, Loitering reflects the space and habitus which is caused by the lack of urban space for socializing and the need of existence in social space. Can we create a space that represents our way of loitering, while it allows people to loiter as well?
  26. 26. A space that is created on the concept of ‘loitering’ and our way of practicing it Audio visual material is used to reflect the way we loiter Images or videos from several loitering areas and practicioners Sound records from loitering activity and/or talks on why we are loitering (e.g data survey)
  27. 27. Spaces in which loitering is common are observed and loitering ways, gestures and silhouettes are studied to create a pattern that represents our practice. Pattern can be used in several ways;
  28. 28. Loitering silhouettes can be used as shadows that are activated by visitors. Silhouttes can be still images or moving shapes and people will observe them loiter.
  29. 29. They can interact with their shadows Inspired by silhouettes, sittting units can be created Shadows of the original silhouettes can be reflected upon the surface of sitting unit Sensors can be used to activate silhouttes
  30. 30. Silhouettes move with observer
  31. 31. Culture shapes practices, and patterns that reflect culture are shaped by practices Culture (pattern) is dynamic. Tactics can be read through practices
  32. 32. Intimate Loitering Argument: The space we loiter was more appropriated and intimate such as house and storefronts, village center, coffeehouses etc. Places that everybody knows each other and the space is accepted as a shared, common area. However, urban spaces does not offer enough intimacy in terms of loitering for a longer time and people are easily disturbed by strange looks, close encounters and crowd. Can we create a medium that makes loitering areas more intimate for close groups?
  33. 33. Loitering Objects Argument: As an everyday practice, spaces that loitering takes place are equipped with some material in certain groups, such as carpets, mats, cushions, stools etc. Also in urban spaces, trashes, empty bottles, cigarette butts and scratches on urban equipment are some of the traces that are left behind. Loitering concept can be related with consumption. Can we trace the objects of loitering in order to read more about the practices? Can we utilize these objects to create and manipulate an area that does not used for loitering, and change behavior by attracting attention.
  34. 34. Q & A Thank you