My initial personal definition of Lacuna is:
The blank/hollow space or background that reveals the substance. E.g. a black background or pause in a song – without which you wouldn’t appreciate the real focus.
Hence, flowing from this and our experiments from last week, an initial thought would be focusing on blank space, and the importance of forgotten space in order for the eye to focus.
Due to the white on white, the shadow and light were able to form focal points, and therefore, and aesthetic. As seen in the picture above, simplicity = key, less = more.
Hence, looking at architecture, I think it would be interesting to investigate the usefulness of forgotten, blank or empty space; what is their purpose? Why are we fixated on beautiful, forgotten buildings? When designing a home, why do we leave places with no functionality? How does it effect our psyche to have information overload?
“In design, negative space is the area that surrounds objects within a room. The area occupied by the objects is called the positive space. A negative space in a room is an area that isn’t taken up with design; no pictures, no furniture, no textures. When planning the placement of furniture, fixtures and décor elements, a designer must take the negative space into consideration.” (Adams, 2016) The author then continues to describe deliberate blank design spaces as integral to ones senses, as they act as a ‘visual respite‘; which is clearly key to a sense of focus and peacefulness.
Therefore, through continued exploration of space and waste through differing techniques, we feel that that would be a strong starting point to our second task.
Adams, A. 2016, ‘Negative Spaces: How to make them work’, IDI, <http://www.idesigni.co.uk/blog/negative-space/>