Space is such an ambiguous term as it represents so many contexts in our life. It is an imperative mechanism that is bound up with significant relationships and outcomes. If we prevail a specific space, it can be explored, occupational and penetrated. Often, it is associate with terms such as “colonization”, “post-colonization” and “anti-colonial”. Territories are divided and some spaces are new to us whereas some are familiar to us.
We are living in a space of complexity. Sometimes, it is pleasurable yet at the same time, it is problematic. I see theme park as a fun playground yet some people find it scary. I see exam halls as frightening, some may felt that it is nothing. Full of tension and changes occur around us, we are not aware of the space that we are living. Little things that happen in a space like the growth of flowers or a cat jump over the fence in our backyard, these are involved in a personalised space. Questions are asked involving space such as “Men would like to have some space.” And “Kitchen is women’s favourite space.” Somehow these questions enlighten us and kept our mind twisting and thinking of the word “space”. Why do we analyse space in depth? What does it has to do in our life?
As I said, it constitutes several points of view. A space could simply represent a place. We often said:” A place called home.” Why do we say that? Very contradictory, home does refers to a place and a place does contain certain spaces. Place can be a space because various activities and events are carried out or happening situations are occurred on that particular space. It is confusing but in this case of place is a space, it is quite easy to figure out.
Moreover, humans constantly create and modify the space based on the social hierarchy and norms, directing certain meanings in the space. According to Foucault, our history are represented as the written of spaces. We came across multiple spaces in our life and interestingly we find spaces lie within spaces. We knew that space define certain fixed location physically. Unconsciously, it depicts certain identity from gender, race, ethnicity and background. For instance, a person adapt to the lifestyle as an Australian, living in a space of Australia. A housewife do her chores daily within the space of the home. A specific suburb has a community of people carrying out their lifestyle differently compared with other suburbs. Therefore, we could sort of relate space in a very abstract angle. A five star hotel is a high class space with upper class people whereas a motel is a lower class space, living with average class people.
There are hidden memories lies within the space. Different spaces are constructed in many outlook and perspective in effect of the memory towards the space. Besides that, the collective experience that certain people undergo in that particular space influences the reflexion of it. People who are unhappy of the memories they had in that specific space could lead a certain traumatization. No one wants to experience the past that is filled with negativity, the space could be a bar, a park, a restaurant, on the bus, in the lift or the library. I could argue that people with claustrophobia has an identity that faced an unhappy experience in an enclosed area such as the elevator. Therefore, that particular space is avoided in his collective experience. I wonder had some of you realise the context of house is played differently in films? Home does not necessarily always be sweet-“Home Sweet Home”. Sometimes, we find characters trapped in the house particularly the “House Trapping” movie. The anxiety and tension of unable to get out is just psychologically awful.
The ideology of space depicts the framework of “the sense of belonging”. Again, I shall raise this issue in relation to the space. People living in the common ground, sharing the same resources and walking on the same street. Yet, many see the space in a distinctive aspect with one another. The spatial metaphor of “sense of belonging” is reflected onto the dominant national space. It conceptualizes whether different identities living in a shared space are able to harmonically interact with one another. We question whether certain types of people are included in that particular space and whether some are excluded due to their skin colour and differences with the majority.
I would not repeat the race issue but rather would like to talk about the idea in respective of a smaller space. Living in an apartment with 6 family members was not easy. That space of 3 bed room, a kitchen, a living room and two bathrooms are close to one another. Tolerance is a must to ensure the space is peaceful and harmony. Lots have happened in such small and personalised space from party, house chores, cooking, talking, laughing and sleeping. This allows us to reflect upon the importance of space and categorize the rank of spaces in our sub-conscious mind. Some people may prefer sitting in a park, some may prefer drinking in a pub or some may prefer staying at home in their comfort zone. Everyone is living in a space within spaces and inevitably we came to understand that, spaces were slowly build in and affecting how we synchronised the word “space” into our lives.