The Future of Spaces We Share
— Kiki Goti of SomePeople
It’s the 52nd day in isolation and it is more than clear that something is missing at home. I like my tiny apartment; I feel like it reflects my taste; it has things that I like; objects that I have collected over the years; colors that make me feel good.
But I miss the feeling of inhabiting someone else’s space: the weird
neighborhood bar that always made me feel comfortable, the friend’s house that I could never live in but I loved visiting. Spaces that reflect people’s personalities, spaces that you can relate to or not, that make you feel like you
inhabit someone’s world.
Now, zoom offers the only way “out”, a window to someone else’s world. A window to a virtual space, that is not yours, that you have not created. Spaces
we share for shorter or longer periods of time, spaces where our lives take place and memories are shaped.
But how and by whom are these places designed?
Can we collectively shape virtual worlds?
Worlds we can have authorship onto, that frame our new virtual relationships, and create meaningful spatial
The space where things happen is important; think about your memories of various events in your life - an enlightening discussion, a bad fight, a lonely
moment of break- these memories are tightly connected with the space they took place in. You may start recalling these memories, by the sun hitting your face, the lights of the cars, the color of the grass, the shape of the lamp, the
painting on the wall. How do we replace this spatial gap in our memories, in the moments we share virtually with each other?
Thinking towards our post-pandemic future, bespoke interactive platforms can
help us create memorable experiences of unique spaces that are collectively designed and inhabited. Platforms that allow our isolated individual worlds to
interact with each other, to get deformed and mutated. By letting spatial characteristics flow virtually, hybrids of mutated worlds are going to emerge.
Imaginary worlds of co-creation and co-existence. Worlds that defy the reality
of isolation, by empowering us individually and encouraging us to collectively
gain control over our shared spatial experiences.