The Terrain Vague blog can be understood as an appendix of my website – while the latter gives an overview of my finished works and professional career, Terrain Vague works like a kind of sketchbook or diary, providing an insight into my photo archive, my personal research, some fragments and works-in-progress.
I decided to use the term ‘Terrain Vague’ as the main topic and title of this more or less random assemblage of ideas and images. That’s what architect and philosopher Ignasi de Solà-Morales wrote in 1995 about the concept of the ‘Terrain Vague’:
The relationship between the absence of use, of activity, and the sense of freedom, of expectancy, is fundamental to understanding the evocative potential of the city’s terrains vagues. Void, absence, yet also promise, the space of the possible, of expectation.
It’s exactly this space of expectation, promise and potentiality, that matters to me and that I am dealing with in my work, paired with the challenge of getting along with void, uncertainty and vagueness. Not only in the context of our contemporary cities but also in our general ways of daily living, loving and working.