STEFAN THORSSON I
I have been doing my series of UNSTABLE VARIABLES installations for some time now. I realized that the best way to get to understand something about space, structures and temporality was to practice it as often as possible. And why did I think all this is important? As an individual, you are a part of something huge, enormously large and complicated. Not only that you have your own psyche to keep in order, but also your body is moving about and changing directions and positions all the time, even when you are sick in bed. There are all the little movements, the ticking of your heart, your eyes moving, small unconscious finger-reactions, even your ears move at a sudden sound. Well, all is moving, all is changing. But where are you? What is your position? I mean; everything on the globe can be located by trigonometry. Sailors used a sextant and the positions of the sun and stars to navigate; they knew their position and could measure the time it would take to cross over to the next harbour, depending on winds and waves. How much are we as moderns aware of our position without using a GPS? What does space mean to us? Look closely at a portrait by Giacometti; be aware of the distance from the nose tip to the eye! It becomes an enormous stretch. He really knew something about space.
There are some places on earth where the space feeling becomes extra strong. The Pantheon in Rome is one. A marble quarry in Carrara, Las Cañadas de Tenerife, Grand Canyon, to mention a few. And my own studio!
Yes, this is a place on earth where I can manipulate and experience space, structure and temporality, and it gives me a good feeling of reality.