A Kind-of-Almost, But Neither-or
Dina Ayoun Alsoud, Kirsty Bain and Ellen Zhang

A Fringe Plot  —  Just outside the suburban edge dwells a kind-of-almost-fringe rural plot. It’s kind-of-almostness attributed to its dislocation, which slips out of the peripheral scenes it is encroached by. Yet this gesture of dominance does not evade the entirety of its neighbours’ logics, as it too seeks to occupy, remotely. The rural plot becomes a specified fraction of a broader condition negotiating the essence of the existing plane through a form of synthetic dominion.

Ostrisiting itself from the two opposing conditions in which it resides between, the fringe suburban and rural proper. The peripheral plot as negotiated territory, each sub-plot extends past beyond its boundary line as jostling systems, striving to fabricate dispersed notions of site to emanate from and act within. At one point of time, the site is agricultural, the site is productive, the site is an intense manipulation of the ground plane.Once past this point, unmaintained conditions of the plot declare no attachment to any future expectation nor present circumstance. Cycling through dispositions, until a tentative order is unveiled throughout.

The plotted plot then dwells at the distant centre of its surroundings. Repudiating any contextual categorization. At first, it seems to side with the rural condition, and distance itself from suburban logic. But this plot is a kind-of-almost that is neither or.
Domesticity —   Symptoms of domesticy present themselves long before any signs of residential use. It begins with agitation where the earth, soil and land are literally stylised by extreme fashion. Preparing, planting, growing, harvesting, clearing, inhabiting, occupying, taming, maintaining, re-conditioning, re-inhabiting, the site is perpetually re-domesticated. Thus the site is not properly rural, even when it aesthetically suggest so.

But what then takes place when such a site is inhabit by a home?

The house is a topology of exposition, soliciting an incessant re-evaluation of the meaning of domesticity. As it transcends beyond its meaning, effects of habitation and use are marked throughout to instigate the static presence of the site. Preparing, planting, growing, harvesting, clearing, re-preparing, re-planting; conditioning, inhabiting, occupying, taming, maintaining, re-conditioning, re-inhabiting, the site is perpetually re-domesticated. Embedded with structures, growth cycles and seasonal patterns, domestic behaviour exists within.

Not belonging to one scene or another, the suburban or the rural, but domesticating the rift between them, that is to say, it occupies aspects of each, and tames their distance. The surroundings are only apparatuses, frameworks that resist and interact, and this site domesticates what is left, the kind-of-almost and neither-or.