The Given (Interior) World


  • Stephen Loo University of Tasmania
  • Ross Gibson Sydney College of the Arts



Interior, Territory, Interiority


The following is an attempt to write, following Derrida, to illustrate (if at all possible) the parergon; a supplement, fragment, detached from and outside of the main exposition (that is framed by, and framed as, the interior of the project), the latter being an artwork called K2-02 that is nothing more than a voidal space. This writing, as parergonal, demonstrates that it is itself another territory with an interiority; but because it is in an ensemble which makes up the artwork, the writing is also a part of the innermost territory of the project. The interior territory of K2-02 can paradoxically be nothing other than an incessant parergonality.


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Author Biographies

Stephen Loo, University of Tasmania

Stephen Loo is Associate professor of Architectural Design at the school of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania. Stephen’s research is located at the intersection of philosophy, architectural theory, contemporary visual art, experimental digital practice, and the citizenship of place. he has published in the International Journal of Humanities, Architectural Theory Review and Interstices, and his recent publications ‘Digital phenomenology and post-humanist Ethics in Architecture’ for the 2nd International Architecture and Phenomenology Conference (Kyoto, Japan, 2009) and ‘responding by Mimicry, or Three Frames towards becoming a Visual Animal’, in Ian North (ed.), Visual Animal: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics (Adelaide: Contemporary Art CentreofsouthAustralia,2007). Stephen is also a founding partner of international architectural, design and interpretation practice Mulloway studio.

Ross Gibson, Sydney College of the Arts

Ross Gibson is professor of Contemporary Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. He makes books, films and art installations. He is particularly interested in art and communication in cross-cultural situations, especially in Australia and the Southwest Pacific. His recent works include the books Seven Versions of an Australian Badland and Remembrance + The Moving Image (editor), the video installation Street X-Rays, the interactive audio-visual environment BYSTANDER (a collaboration with Kate Richards) and the durational work ‘Conversations II’ for the 2008 biennale of Sydney.




How to Cite

Loo, Stephen, and Ross Gibson. 2009. “The Given (Interior) World”. Idea Journal 9 (1):72-83.



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