Kenneth Bayes describes two ways in which we
move through space. The first as a ‘tourist’ and
the second as the ‘habitué’. The tourist is an
“exploratory through an unknown environment”
(Porter, 1997, p. 44) - which is juxtaposed against
the habitué, who is “the habitual through a known
environment” (Porter, 1997, p. 44). Each concept
is the other’s polar opposite.
The habitué is bound by routine, while the
tourist is active and engaging in their environment,
discovering new possibilities and exciting
alternatives. The tourist looks upon their
environments with fresh eyes. They are open,
receptive and able to imagine possibilities
where forms in rooms bend, waver and swell.
Imagining tells stories which provoke and
expand our thoughts. It allows one to escape
preconceptions about the nominal nature of
objects and our relationship with them.
This research explores these characters, the
habitué and the tourist, in relation to furniture and
its arrangement within the interior. It investigates
how the habitué may over time become the tourist
in their own familiar environment.
I am the tourist within this research who activates
drawing, making, writing and photography as
productive processes of imagining exciting
alternatives for furniture. Through my work I seek
to trigger, for the habitué, their imagination
by allowing them to enter into mine through
photography, expanding what they originally
perceived of furniture.