Other Spaces:
Others' Spaces

by Demet Dincer


Sydney Park is an award-winning project with forty hectares of recreational area in the inner city, with its borders to well-known neighbourhoods, St Peters, Newtown, Alexandria, and Erskineville. This project focuses on the corner area of the park, where its symbolic heritage-listed chimneys and brick kilns from the old brickworks site are located. Besides its historical importance, this area functions as the welcoming point of the park to nearby dwellings. A narrow pedestrian path from the intersection guides people to the inner sides of the park, while the right of the pathway, where historic buildings are, evolves to be a vague terrain. This corner becomes "mentally exterior in the physical interior of the city” as an abandoned space remaining open for other possibilities.1  The canopy provides a sheltered zone for rough sleepers while becoming a safe place to store their items. In time, this location has become an ‘other space’ for many individuals when inhabited by others.  
The project employs photography and collage techniques to narrate how this other space is already an others' space. By considering photography as an index,2  four layouts were designed containing words and visuals. The selected photos depict the objects left in the prementioned hub of the park, representing their actant roles "creating an asymmetry between absent makers and occasional users."3 The nonhumans highlight temporary interventions in the space, portraying the residue moments. These objects act or become a part of an act and, like a city, are always in transformation, and they form a new composition as an urban revelation. The transitory inhabitants create other terrains – resembling bedrooms, supermarkets, and cemeteries - from which arise unexpected borders and interfaces, resulting in new interiors and exteriors.

1. Life | Demet Dincer

2. Act-1: Bedroom | Demet Dincer

3. Act-2: Supermarket | Demet Dincer

4. Death | Demet Dincer


1. Sola-Morales, I. (2014) "Terrain Vague" in Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of Pale. Taylor& Francis, 24-30.

2. Krauss, R. (1977). Notes on the Index: Seventies Art in America. October, 3, 68–81,(link↩)
3. Latour, B. (1999). “A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans” in Pandora's Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 174-215.