Border Crossings

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Since 2010 Faculty of design, Department for Interior design is actively involved in an on-going international and multidisciplinary project entitled ‘Border Crossings’. Three disciplines explore diverse responses to a shared sense of place, identity and cultures from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland; Faculty of Design, University of Primorska, Slovenia and College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas, USA. Interior, Jewellery, Metals, Textiles and Fibres students, [involving 400+ since its inception in 2011] and their mentors interact online to explore inter-cultural knowledge exchange in which place, identity and culture play a pivotal role in transforming discipline engagement, disciplinary blurring [e.g. Border Crossing] and the impact of digital practices on creative culture.

This year the theme of the project and research is MACRO/MICRO/MEZZO_INTERSPACE. The project manager and head coordinator is senior lecturer Jasna Kralj Pavlovec, MSc.


Jasna Kralj Pavlovec

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Space is everything around us. It can be crafted by a human being or created by nature. We perceive it with all our senses on a physical, psychological and emotional level. Moving through space makes it possible for us to perceive it as a continuum of changing visual impressions, apparent growing and shrinking of objects, changes in light and contrast, etc.

We think of built space as positive space, and everything surrounding it as negative space. We always move through so called negative or empty space. Negative space is a key element of built space. It combines with positive space to form architectural space. A similar situation occurs in sculpture.

Research of relationships between large spaces, small spaces and interspaces allows us many different levels of interpretation. These levels can reach from natural environments, city environments, built structures, interiors, installations and sculptures to small objects and even graphic interpretations of thoughts and words. When we deal with spaces and their interactions we perceive them differently, comparing them on a physical, psychological, and emotional level.

The question is what interspaces are and how they’re felt and defined?

The aim of the project is the registration and research of spaces that are somewhere in between. These are the interspaces between two equivalent spaces, between spaces that have clearly defined functions and content and are taken for granted. Interspaces are spaces that are not initially perceived as active. We are talking about overlooked areas.
The aim is to (re) design interspaces of larger structures. With intervention these interspaces obtain a story, an innovative new program and content, a new identity and a new correlation with the environment. The interspace has to become a space which one does not merely pass through.

When the space loses its anonymity, becomes noticed and is no longer interspace but THE SPACE.

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