Private and Public Space

If we take the space as a set of elements or points satisfying specified geometric postulates. The infinite extension of the three-dimensional region in which all matter exists . The expanse in which the solar system, stars, and galaxies exist; the universe .The region of this expanse beyond Earth’s atmosphere . A blank or empty area , which is not so common for us, but is common outside Earth’s atmosphere. Space can be reserved or available accommodation on a public transportation vehicle.

It can also be a period or interval of time in coordination and relation with time(timeline).

Space can have multiple meanings, but what I am interested in, is taking the space as a place in time, in relation with others people thoughts and what others created before. Space as a hole space, as unlimited place, undiscovered and undetermined.

We choose our space, we choose what to bring in our space , we decline or we accept things into our space. But as human beings, we choose things that we like and we decline those we dislike.

But all those things, and all those people has to come from an beginning, and therefore I should start talking about public space in relation with the reality, and the fiction,  its theory and logical mechanisms.

I could start referring public space to a hole place new for me, unexplored and undefined. Furthermore I take  public space as a place unknown for me, as a place without limits or territories. I can talk about public space as space(whole).

We travel to this space, we live in this space, we do everything we want in this space because we are the space and we create the world around the space. As persons we have our own personal space, which others read it as private, I percept it as being public.

In philosophic meaning time creates places and a mind generate spaces, which are defined by our mind. It is up to our way of thinking if we go further to this space or we stop to analyse the things that we see instead of creating new ones. Interesting is that we always search signs to put our connection into.

Scientific a thought resumes to matter and matter resumes to nothing. I would like to believe my mind is creating and defines spaces and places in relation with the others ways of representation and thinking, and at the same coordination in time.

 

Fig 1.

Analysing Fig. 1 as the big green ball being my mind and the other balls being others people minds. I have my own path, but as far I can see the others people paths, where are they going, whatever are they doing. Me as a person I can choose if I want to interfere with their paths or not, or to analyse their pats or to pick some certain things from their paths which helps to build my own one(picketing points).

The big green ball from the middle can be my mind and the other balls can be my thoughts, which I can choose them or not, this I do not really know because it is happening at a subconscious level. I do realise what to choose but I cannot figure out whatever was the cause for the thing that I have chosen.

It is there a relation, which is building up our space. Philosophic there is a law of attraction between those balls, which happened in coordination and relation to the created space. Wherever we place the balls, we still can see their trajectories, and places in space.

I would like to resume the world to a dot. As in geometric theory dot with dot creates a line. A multiple correlation of lines  is creating. It is up to our personal mind to choose what to build from these dots.

In life we get inspired by others way of thinking, by analysing them and building upon the information gathered in mind. Space is place and is everything. Spaces are separated by time, which other generations created.

It could be the probability to loose our authenticity as persons in time, and whatever we do is just a ‘code’ of thinking of someone else, which we follow from century to century and where from we get inspired. Signs of representation, placed in relation with at least one element.

Me as a person is not me, I am something that I was created upon time. History is a relation which I have to analyse it in order to build the future as a theory. Is it up to me to create spaces which relates to places and time.

There are many places and spaces which are beautiful to see and easy to analyse, as a perception of representations. As more as I go into those spaces and places more I get to know, and as more I get to know everything becomes common. Public space becomes private. And others people private space becomes public for me. Is a relation which keep those two spaces, into an equilibrium because it is part of the same one.

Let’s imagine the whole space as a basketball full with water. I am inside it. I am a dot which is curios to discover. I walk and I create a line, a path which can be fallowed. But as more as I walk into it more I get to know, and as more as I get to know everything becomes more common. It is the maximum point in space where everything is common, which articulates a new dimension in space, as a whole, and which could be difficult to read, but it would be a connection based always in the previous point.

If others created space as space, I can possibly warp it but when I say warp it is another way of representation which destroys the relation of and notion of time, which could generate chaos or other similarities.

Fig 2

We could look at different representations in the public realm, to understand the private space in relation with the public and where the space as a whole is placing points of interaction.

I am using the train, which someone constructed it as a place. I am using the seat as a place which someone created it as a private space. I am using the laptop as a place and space, which someone created it for connections. I am using my mind to generate and put all those new connections together as a new place and space. At the moment it is a private space because no one knows about it. It becomes gradually public, while you reading it, placing you into another point of representation.

Space becomes a representation of our mind and it is in relation with whatever we see and whenever our mind percepts and represents in our thoughts.

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(Miles, 1997:39)

My personal opinion would read a mind as our private space, whatever we think, or whatever we understand. Whatever we see is public, because it is not personal any more , we share it with the others or it is created by others.

We created spaces and we discover them, we using them as a reference, we modify them in the way we like and we create new ones based on whatever we have seen in the past, whatever if it was private space, or public space we use them to build upon them.

But again this is my personal opinion. Space is place, as other name it, but I still see the space as a space, not as a place. We created places. Space was always there, to be moved, to be discovered, to be analysed and to build on it.

 

Fig 3

I take this separate creation as an example of others representation of the created public space, a gather of people, a place for being an Olympic stadium. It is designed by Herzog & De Meuron in 2001. They took a bird nest to gather all the people together as in a public space. What for birds used to be a home(private space) for the architects is a public space. A place in searching for gathering space.

It is hard to separate those two , public and private, because those two created the space, it can not be private without public and either reverse. It could be a different representation in the future if we discover the way in which to extend the equilibrium of the whole space.

This is how I create, and I discover, and everything I want to imagine to believe and think, I could manipulate. Space is the way it is represented, we choose from this entire space what we like and we do realise that all the creations are based from the background of this entire space.  We see things , places, people but we don’t percept all of them, and this is a cause that help us being individuals, throwing us into this private space, which is taking part more and more from this public realm.

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