Manifesting the ‘Third Space’

The “spiritual space’ is ambiguious in nature, a space that we imagine, both as an individual and collective. I aim to delve deeper and look into the different ways we percieve the spiritual and how these perspective can be manifested in physical space.


I envisioned both the physical and spiritual space as two distinct spaces. Physical space is something that we are familial with and have interacted. However, what interested me was the latter. What form would spiritual space take on? Everyone has differing opinions on it, whether shapaing from an individual or collective perspective. By trying to define this ‘spiritual space’ and giving it form, I have presented a means of interaction between the physical and spiritual. How would the dynamics of our spaces change as such? My first impression of physical space is a solid tangible form that we are familiar with, while spiritual space as a formless, adaptable plane, which I then am able to freely configure to explore different scenarios.
If I were to break open our physical space; will the spiritual fill in these gaps? A boundary through which both aspect can interact and coexist?
Or will the immaterial forcefully take over our phyiscal space? Creating conflict between both spectrum.
In a visual study done by Terence Heng, titled “ Hungry Ghost in Urban Spaces: A Visual Study of Aesthetic Markers and Material Anchoring”. He discusses how various physical markers embodies the spiritual, and how these markers obscurs the line betweent the physical and spiritual. He further breaks down the different planes, terming the physical as “First Space”, while the imaginary as “Second Space”, and how varous aspect from both spaces come together as “Third Space”. Following that train of thought, I started to explore based on the local urban myths, what form will the “Third Space” manifest itself in a physical form, and how different elements will shape this space. How would both the living and the dead in turn react to this space.
I looked into the various urban myths tied to the site, and how various accounts details different forms of encounters. These encounters gradually escalates, introudcing more factors in the interaction between the physical and spiritual. How the various aspect of these encounters forms the markers of the “Third Space”, shaping and demarcating it. By breaking down these encounters, I further explore the different sensorial interaction that are occuring.
The ‘third space’ is the combination of both the physical and imaginary, “a fully lived space, a simultaneously real-and-imagined, actual-and-virtual locus of structured individuality and collective experience and agency”. How would this notion manifest in real space? When the immaterial manifest, would the boundaries between both aspect be blurred or further defined. I started exploring how possible interactions and perceptions shape the boundaries between.