People Knowing, 2010

In collaboration with Bora Shin/ view with the HD button on!

For this project, the assignment was to investigate both an electronic and a physical Non-place and find out hidden truths and realities beyond the reading.

In an essay and book of the same title, Non-places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity(1995), Marc Auge coined the phrase "non-place" to refer to a place of transience that doesn't hold enough significance to be regarded as "places." Examples of a non-place would be a motorway, a hotel room, an airport or a supermarket. [Wikipedia]

Fitting rooms are provided in a semi-public circumstance to enable people to try or change clothes in privacy. The rooms are compartmentalized so that people can try on clothes to determine fit before making a purchase. By investigating the type of garments left behind in the fitting room, we wanted to identify personality, personal style and taste of a person who was in the room.

Bora and I created a character who regularly visits fitting rooms and checks out other peoples' choices of clothes. We were able to analyze eight types of identity from different fitting rooms. While I was acting as a character, I experienced the empathy that people would feel when they try their clothes on.

Fitting room works as a creative space, a place for expressions that can only exist in a private space distinguished from the street. This became a self-reflective journey leading to an investigation. Our own narrative from the study became data just as much as the size of the clothes.