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Master Thesis, MIARD, 2021, The In-Between Exhibiton

Our social behaviour and embedded value systems are determined by the architectural and educational spaces we inhabit. Architecture formulates, organizes, and choreographs social actions and imbues our surroundings with architectural codes and social narratives that we have implicitly and explicitly learned to read, follow and accept for granted.


Tacit(t)act focuses on how we navigate through urban space, characterized by infrastructures such as sidewalks, traffic bollards, traffic islands, fences, underpasses. These transition spaces of functional division are built for our transportation system but not for our bodies - neglecting the opportunities of well-being and community-building in the public domain.

By translating these static, codified elements into unidentified, interactive objects - so-called Tactiles, they are deprived of their prescribed purpose. Tactiles function as perceptive tools and mediators between the acting body and the social forces of urban reality by creating embodied experiences of spatial proximity and connection. Feeling connected and close to our surroundings fosters care of the spaces and the people whom we share them with.



Engaging with unidentified objects as a communicative mediator carries the possibility of new modes of interconnected understanding beyond linguistic barriers. By creating barriers of unfamiliarity for all participants involved, Tactiles require the formulation of a mutual, embodied and not-predefined communication through the object.

Through various performative workshops forms of co-learning and co-creation are probed and enacted. The workshops make it possible to exchange intuition, provoke new thinking processes, express ideas performatively, and link topics with one another while merging into a collective vocabulary.

Tacit(t)act seeks to co-create ephemeral and situational architectures that activate new relationships with the urban surroundings and enact non-hierarchical, non-competitive, subjective-yet-collaborative acts as the source of spatial knowledge.

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