Mart Stam’s “Space” (1925)
Translated from the Dutch by C. v. Amerongen.
From Mart Stam: A Documentation of His Work, 1920-1965.
(Royal Institute of British Architects. London: 1970).
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Space is without dimensions, it has no height, no depth, no width. Space is — is everywhere, penetrating and surrounding everything.
Space is unlimited, indivisible, indissoluble.
Space is expansion — spreading in every direction, point by point. Light is a purely spatial phenomenon. Like space, light is shapeless, untouchable, extension.
Space is dispersed.
Time is without beginning and end. Time has no boundaries time crosses all boundaries.
Time is progression — but progression without any particular direction or any particular velocity. Time is movement — sound is a phenomenon that corresponds to it. Sound is like time — reproduction, progression, movement.
Time is consecutive.
(See Lissitzky, “K und Pangeometrie,” Europa, 1925).
Our task is:
1. to perceive our relationship to this specific space, to this specific time;
2. to give this relationship of ours, through our work, a form that everyone can assimilates.
[From ABC 1925, no. 5]