Apartment 203

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Louise Martin
Dominic Robson


‘How can everyday life be defined?’ (Lefebvre) A set of ‘found’ photographs of Apartment 203 provide the start-point for this enquiry into the domestic everyday and its expression through the lived interior. The subject - a friendship lapsed over time and distance, with this friend further removed in living as a kind of fictional character, is reflected upon in an imagined visit that attempts to piece together the life lived now, in this (extra) ordinary interior.

This paper is assembled as a piece of ‘semi-fiction’ based in the unpopulated source imagery (the occupant is not home, but invoked in this reading of the interior) with navigation by means of rationalising approach: mapping the floor plan to determine activity therein, and speculation: entering a first-person narrative of encounter with the apartment, a version of ‘scripted space’ in which the audience is encouraged to walk ‘into the story’ supported by forms of soundtrack that slip in and out of spatial and temporal reference. Across these layers of interpretation, multi-sensory evocation goes some way to signalling atmosphere, temporality and emotional response and situating the reader in the interior or, at least, this game around occupation and identity. 

This is the narrative of an interior, as explored through a specific human story. And like the friendship at the core, it is formed in an amalgam of the present, memory and imagination over something precise and static. This paper approaches critical relations between the interior and image, with the form of the visual essay taken up in a playful challenge to how we represent interior spaces beyond the purely visual and, in turn, how they can represent the people who occupy them. 

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Martin, Louise, and Dominic Robson. 2021. “Apartment 203”. Idea Journal 18 (01):173-204. https://doi.org/10.37113/ij.v18i01.425.


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