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Svima | Spire: Section
Svima | Spire: Section
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Svima: Anamarija Korolj

  • Pastel, pencil and pen on paper | 2021
  • Giclée print with archival inks
  • Unique original drawing
  • 28” x 44” (71 x 111 cm)
  • Museum quality glass and frame (white)


Our spaces are beginning to think for themselves and provide nuanced responses to the beings within, like a living organism. Data becomes uploaded to our devices and data centres until they know us better than we know ourselves, extending our consciousness to an overall smart-environment. Spire speculates a bioengineered space that can feel the user’s needs and then proactively adjust for light, temperature, humidity, and noise. However, this level of provided convenience comes with the price of power and control: how much are we willing to exchange for comfort?

This piece is part of our exhibition Soft Shield | Allegorical Spaces by Svima as part of DesignTO Festival 2022. 

Like cells encased in their membranes, communicating mysteriously with one another and the body as a whole, humans are beginning to interface with our spaces more intimately. Our spaces are becoming responsive to us, and in many ways, are beginning to know us.

In Soft Shield, Svima explores the responsive, pliable, flexible, biophilic, and biomorphic. The works examine how spaces relate to wellbeing, physical and mental health, storytelling, and the natural environment. Conceived as a series of allusive narratives where each space tells a story, the works investigate notions of self and perception, using vivid environments as allegories for various facets of contemporary existence.