Should we be more aware of the space we live in? Where does private space end, and what is it that makes a space public? One of the world's leading art critics TJ Clark explains why Picasso’s use of space is the key to understanding his paintings. The Dutch sociologist and globalisation expert Saskia Sassen speaks in favour of empty spaces - indeterminate areas of a city which people can make their own and populate with their own history. And philosopher of space Stephan Günzel argues that humans are spatial beings above all else, and that an awareness of space is crucial to learn who and what we are.
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Comments on the programme:
Video games have an uncanny ability to influence how you view space around you... By default, your success in games is entirely dependent on how well you navigate space, whether it is an adventure game or first-person-shooter or anything in between. Initially, I was completely incapable of pulling this off, but only recently have I made significant progress. Has this led to a marked change in how I relate with space in real life? I wouldn't know ….
I don't believe that video games from the generation before satellite navigation could have developed or retained better perception of space. Until very recently, constrained by available memory, video games had repetitive graphics. Walls used the same monotone texture, and alternate variants of it, when added as decorations, occurred more than once within an environment. This was confusing, and made me as a player become oblivious to small clues that would otherwise indicate a hallway or road that I have already passed through.