The virus will stay with us for a while – is now a common phrase, while we slowly but steadily will be re-enter the changing society. The change that stands out the most is that everything is now covered with plexiglass, stripes, signs and arrows. These should remind us that we still have to keep our distance.
This overload of ad-hoc solutions is sufficient for the time being. Likewise, these fleeting interventions require some form of reflection. The development of (handwritten) informal solutions to more formal systematics (carried out by professional sticker companies) has already begun. The question arises what will be the “more permanent solutions”. Are variations possible?
In any case, the question is how much fluidity there is in this type of distance infrastructure now that the restrictions are slowly being pushed back. To what extent do people still allow themselves to be led? There may even be a habit and a collective spatial subconscious is emerging (in which one, without thinking about it, keeps more distance). Think of the ballet of evasive people shopping in a supermarket, the awkward greetings of acquaintances, the guesswork as to whether a place might not be too crowded, and the deliberate disregard of spatial regulations out of conviction.
This spin-off project originated from 1.5 distance pattern – an exploration. The first version was realised during the Perpetual Beta exhibition at The Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague.