Distance is limitation. Built on the premise that art should question social boundaries and edges, I asked several students and tutors from RCA to represent a non abstract figure with a classic 2 meter ‘Wooden folding ruler’.
We need to set the distance between elements in order to locate ourselves and understand the world, nothing exists on isolation. The concept of a meter was agreed for the first time in 1793 by a group of scientists in Paris. Its measurement was one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole (as a result of Earth’s circumference that is 40,000 km). A meter became the base unit of length in the International System of Units to standardise and simplify human lives.
Universal measurements are relative, generic, arbitrary and keep changing and redefining through history. They are halfway between rigorous and subjective.
This project works as a metaphor on how universal decisions made to help society can constrain us individually becoming an act of frustration.