The aim of this thesis is to investigate the spacial imprint of the memory of the first abode, a special place in which personal memories lie. The main goal is to decipher the subjective and fragmented nature of memory, without losing the morphological uncertainty that characterizes it. To achieve this, two studies run in parallel. In the first one, different academic views are being researched and discussed, views that are focusing on alternative interpretations of the very nature of space, the origins of the first abode, the concept of the ‘uncanny’ and the sensorial qualities that a space emits through the usage of materials.
The work of Bachelard is a major focus and is being quoted throughout the study, in regards to the themes of space and residence. Furthermore the fragmented and the uncanny nature of memory is being discussed and analyzed; thereby the work of Freud and Heidegger is being referenced. At the same time, a series of optical experimentations, artworks, digital models and photographs have been created in order to document and depict the memories of my childhood home. A journal runs along the academic study, a journal that was being written during the designing process of the last couple of months.
A diary that becomes more fragmentary in its form, conveying to the reader the fragmented nature of my research. Through all these visual experiments and personal research the goal is to explore the very nature of memory, as well as to find the means of creating an imprint of the long-forgotten house of my childhood.