Living in the Third Space
Mixed-media installation with lighting, audio, text, bedroom furniture, and domestic items
Duration: 9-minute loop
“Living in the Third Space” is a media installation that narrates the state of being in-between cultural identities for Asian-Canadians. Titled after the theory of third space (a concept of claiming a third position in terms of negotiating one’s conflicted identity), this installation is a literal interpretation of this concept, taking the form of a bedroom. Constructed out of audio recordings and artifacts shared by those who identify as Asian-Canadian, this bedroom becomes the stage for intimate narratives to unfold. Visual clues are left inconspicuously yet are very present in the interactive space. Traveling voices and lighting circulate as a guided reading into the narrator's experiences of uncertainty and ambiguity of cultural and/or ethnic identity.