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Our studio is our desk and our mental space. Others have access to a more generous space or time. A studio is a slice of time, a space that shelters and offers continuity and maybe also a space where objects absorb memories and become a facilitative space? Facilitation towards what? Facilitation towards thinking and expressing. A studio is a disinhibiting space that allows mistakes and allows immersion.
A personal studio does not have any necessary dimensions. A kind of cult has been formed around the idea of studio as a space. It needs to be big, it is said. It needs to have high ceilings,it is claimed. It needs to have abundant natural light. It needs to be dedicated to the kind of work being performed there. It should not be homely.
These are myths. Your studio is wherever you can think. Your studio needs to be as big as your mental environment is. If there is no dedicated space that you can access, that only means that you will need to focus harder.
The exercise here is not to worry about constructing a studio. The exercise is to figure the psychological space, however little and narrow, that our studio offers us and be articulate about it.
Without constructing a special space, a provisioning and accommodating for our studio space is being done all the time. The variables that are accommodated and the ones which are not determine our reality. So we need to explore the nature of our desire and within the physical parameters of what exists, we need to communicate ways to configure our studio environment better. Our studio should be able to travel with us. Within a set of rituals and behaviours, we should be able to establish a studio space for ourselves wherever we go.
If we construct our studio with such a set of dynamic practices, we will have an access to a studio space all our lives.
The general mean of the idea of the studio that is floated is so much about sheltering us from a set of environmental and physical disturbances that even when we manage to get such a space, we lack the personal discipline and practice to use our space suitably.
Our agenda is to convert the studio space from a place to a set of behavioural and ritualistic practices.
We do not agree with the creation of surplus space that forces us to distinguish the activity we do based only on the infrastructure available to us. Our infrastructure resides in our mind, in our sensitivity towards the various anxieties we feel and the remedies our anxieties force us to put in place.
What do we need and if we accept our environment to comprise not just of hard infrastructure but also our own soft infrastructure comprising of tissue and cartilage we will not lie in waiting but we will be ready to implement and unravel a plan.
Our soft studio prepares us to force our world to be a mobile interface that contains and acts on its desires concurrently.