‘Empty space’ is merely a container for a human’s notion of ‘nothing.’ It allows for the perception of ‘margins,’ ‘peripheries,’ ‘vacant lots,’ ‘unkown,’ ‘desert,’ ‘void.’ It is reminiscient, equated to, a synonym of zero, or null.  

This is a construct, or better put, a framework to make sense of the world; it concedes comparison between two or more things. An element of order; if not, the beginning of ‘order,’ which is reminiscient of ‘control.’

At my beginning, at my zero, I played with the idea of relinquishing my control, my personal order of space in New York. 

How do I relinquish my sense of control & space?


Would I be able to deconstruct my bias if I asked others to direct me, to tell me what to do?


5 people had about 7 minutes to respond to questions I asked them regarding a future and potential location for me to travel to. They wrote their responses on paper. HERE IS A TRANSCRIPTION OF THEIR ANSWERS.


I left my house and asked strangers to “tell me where to go to disappear” with the only limitation being that it wouldn’t take more than 7 minutes. For an hour, I shifted between a bridge and a subway station.  


Liberation is realized struggle--this is the essence of Nietzsche's "self-overcoming." The present thesis might also take for a sign Nietzsche's wandering. It is the precursor of the drift, in the Situ sense of the derive and Lyotard's definition of driftwork. We can foresee a whole new geography, a kind of pilgrimage-map in which holy sites are replaced by peak experiences and TAZs: a real science of psychotopography, perhaps to be called "geo-autonomy" or "anarchomancy."
The TAZ involves a kind of ferality, a growth from tameness to wild(er)ness, a "return" which is also a step forward. It also demands a "yoga" of chaos, a project of "higher" orderings (of consciousness or simply of life) which are approached by "surfing the wave-front of chaos," of complex dynamism. The TAZ is an art of life in continual rising up, wild but gentle--a seducer not a rapist, a smuggler rather than a bloody pirate, a dancer not an eschatologist.

Hakim Bey in the T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism

Does the existence of margins/peripheries/empty-spaces/non-spaces represent the other/the marginilised? Is this what justifies the aggravation/the alien with the unknown?

How can I intervene within these vacant spaces to metaphorically and perhaps literally repurpose them and subvert what has lead things/critters to become ‘unseen’?

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY releases the agenda of an urban dweller. Hence, ‘drifting’ in the city is an improvisation of the movement and action within its parts and segments. 



ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY is a field of psychology that studies the ways that humans interact, inhabit and respond to their environment.

An example of the fieldwork that emerges from this discipline is the POE (Post-Occupancy Evaluation). It is a survey. Stakeholders use the collection of empirical data to verify whether the design of a building has met specific needs for the occupants’ well-being and performance of the function the building intended.

My exploration of space became limited by a perimeter established by the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, which laid down the foundations of the grid scheme of Manhattan.

I took on the role of a city surveyor, and created a survey based on the questions of an example POE and asked strangers about their experience of living in Manhattan - aiming to verify differences of behaviroual performance if one occupied the grid (between Houston and 155th st).