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Centro Cultural Casa Vecina Pablo Pérez Palacios + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, HERNÁN BETANZOS 2009

Every individual has a vital, intimate, personal space. As an example, you could say that it’s the amount of air being used or filled in a determined room depending on the context. As travelers go through this room, the air inside fluctuates. If we are capable of materializing those changes only perceived by the users, we can modify the existing space, or we can even create a new one, as visitors leave behind a trace.

As each person leaves behind their see-through balloon filled with air from their lungs, a completely different meaning is given to the original space. We can actually appreciate the initial oxygen being substituted with the balloons, which presents a trace of every being passing through the room. The number of people that leave behind their air-filled balloons will determine the changes that the room will inevitably suffer. In that sense, the visitor is conceived not only as a spectator but as a creator too. As visitors go through this particular space, they will be able to experiment how the area is being modified, as the oxygen inside is replaced by their own and the space is reshaped. The diffused transparency of the balloons gives a certain ambiguity to the room, and, as the number of balloons grow, our perception of the room varies.