The research is carried out to represent an exploration of distance under covid 19 pandemic and its connection to body, space and objects. The spread of the COVID-19 virus has led to unprecedented measures to limit activity participation. To slow the spread of the virus, social distancing and reducing person-to-person interactions have become the new norm. A discussion on the implications of this new distance is brought, which includes the changes of people’s living habit and living environment.
The core interest of my practice is in understanding the rules for bodily movement and interaction within space under certain distance, which is inspired by the past and forms a possible creation for the future. In this research, the attempt is to fill the gap that created by the new distance and visualize the implication. Theoretical research and case studies about human body perception system and body extension are introduced to identify the relationship between body, space and objects. Devices that change human body perception of depth through visual, audio and tactile sensory, and its related experiments are made to test, prove, document and reflect the experiences.
The relationship between human body standard and its rational direct built environment remain relevant to my creative practice and theoretical research. Based on the study of human body, design of three devices and the result of experiment, a new normative body standard is created to provide and practice new possibilities. Various public interior spaces are redesigned to best serve the new body shape and life style. Through the observation about human body, perception, distance, objects and interior, the research project is aimed to seek new possibilities in response of social distancing, and to help people better adapt to an era of social isolation.