T E M P O R A R Y S A N A T O R I U M
Scenographer Liisa Ikonen
O T H E R W O R L D S A B N O R M A L S P A C E S A B N O R M A L S T A T E S
I have focused on parallel realities in my artistic research and its experiments by taking other worlds as my starting point. For me they are worlds that obscures by the real world`s norms or physical distances. I am exploring relationships of other worlds and parallel realities to phenomena I call as abnormal spaces and/or abnormal states.
In here, I mean by normal prerequisites for a good life from the individual`s point on view. In the like manner, by abnormal I mean deviations from that. By abnormal space, I mean space that is outside of normal, stabile forms of life and outside spaces belonging to good everyday life. It is a space that is shown or one that spills over, as it were, to society's underprivileged, various marginal groups, the sick and the abnormal of our society. Alternatively, it can also be a space that these groups take over or take for themselves spontaneously.
The abnormal space may be located somewhere outside, behind, away, off, down etc., either in private or institutional contexts. It may be located in hospitals, prisons, insulation centers or refugee camps. Abnormal space or abnormal state are always defined as distance or absence, but they can also be invisibly present in our immediate environment. It may be a social space or the bodily abnormal space that manifests itself in the sensorially-challenged person's different experience of the environment. Thus, an abnormal space may be either clearly visible or hidden and seeking to conceal itself. Abnormal state is a different way of observing this jointly shared world, and an abnormal space can be just an absence from the perceptible world.