Genomineerde bni-prijs 2013: Minsun Kim

26-09-2013

Minsun Kim has finished her master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. “Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. That’s what I’ve learned over the last two years. And now I move to another world to make a mistake again. As an interior architect I always keep in mind that the individual is central. My graduation project is the first stage in testing interaction between people.”

“Since I came to study in the Netherlands, I moved five times. I move the place I call ‘home’ whenever, and wherever I want or have to. Home is most likely a belonging space where I can be relaxed and feel comfortable. However, on the first day of moving, home is not immediately familiar, even though all the belongings are mine. The more time goes by, the more space becomes close to me. I wondered how space can change to become an intimate space. And what the main element is to make people feel at home.

Intimate space
As city dwellers we always move from one place to anotherfor studying, working, travelling, living or for no reason. When we move to a new place, we are confronted by a new situation; it can be a culture, a community or even nature. Some people assume their new position quickly. They adjust easily to the new situation. Their identity can be related to urban life. Others, not only foreigners but also local residents, suffer whenever they are relocated. With this project I would like to understand how people perceive intimate space. What makes them feel at home?

Translating thoughts
My project is a spatial interactive performance installation that lets people create their own intimate spacescene. I participated in ‘Dag van de Architectuur in Rotterdam: 24Hofpoort’ in June. Hofpoort is an office building vacant for fifteen years, while it was a landmark as the headquarters of Shell in 1970. Within this context I started with the question; how can an anonymous space become a specific space where somebody feels at home?
I used floor, a basic element of architecture, as a main design and interaction with people as an experience. During the event, I welcomed the guests in the performance space that was designed with carpet tiles and 1:50 miniature objects. I introduced them to the basic rules they had to follow and assisted them translating their thoughts from verbal into 3d-planning by asking specific questions and listening patiently.

Real information
As a result I’ve got 68 homes, created by 85 people in 24 hours. Of course every individual had different opinions about intimate space; it was their own home, a corner of a home, a (semi)public space or a space which needed a particular condition. Through these personal meetings I succeeded in gathering real information about the way people truly want to live. The process and the result ultimately tell that identities can be defined, from abstract to specific, by personal stories.”