Perceiving Space, 2016, Mixed media, 210x195x220
If people possess certain space, it does not mean that they only acquire private asset, but that it also affects the emotional bond between themselves and the space. In other words, people tend to seek the meaning of the space. Therefore, space is not just a spatial or physical term, but psychological and more conceptualized notion.
According to a research of University College of London published in 2009 by Phillippa Lally, my idea that people spend average of 66 days to form a new habit is supported with legitimate evidence. During the process, human brain conflicts with a new environment and tries to get back to previous, usual behavior and the environment through four stages, specifically in day 3, day 9, day 15, and day 21.
Here is one interesting example to represent this theory and the initial idea of the project. Insomnia can be seen in people caused by many different reasons. However, many people can suffer from new environment to get familiar with it. This discomfort mainly comes from the absence of the past – more specifically, the lack of memories and experience of the past. However, people eventually get over insomnia, the contextual discomfort, by spending time to get familiar with and building new memory of the past.
This work demonstrates the idea as mixed media installation, including the story of men adjusting new atmosphere in sleeping pattern, to encourage audiences to experience new space set up in the gallery. They can understand the context but also question themselves about being in a new physical – and contextual – space as well.
66 Days Challenge