The Thirdspace initiative was ignited by an unrest felt towards spatial oppression from a gendered perspective and driven by an interest in public space, urban art and community.
The city acts as a reflection of social norms and hierarchies, those who oppose it can experience a kind of vulnerability and marginalisation. From a gendered perspective, those who lie outside the male, heterosexual construction pose as a threat to destabilise hierarchal power systems. We are constantly reminded not to take up too much space. We generally tend to treat public space with a transient nature, as a mode of transport between destinations and almost never as a site of occupation.
The city is en-gendered by its multiple inhabitants. This means that as individuals and through public action, we have the power and agency to re-inscribe inclusive values into public space.The vision of Thirdspace is to re-inscribe positive, inclusive and confident social behaviour into public space by means of spatial practice through a gendered lens.
Using graffiti as a visual metaphor for spatial reclamation, Thirdspace engages in public interventions to encourage purposeful taking up of space. Our mission is to draw attention to individual and public spatial practice. Making yourself small in public space often comes naturally as we are constantly socialised to do so. Our mission then is to draw attention to this fact, and to encourage our audience to take up space in public, destabilising stratified gender constructions.
We won’t be made small. Let’s take up space together, in creativity, agency and unity.