The Creative “I” ~ Architecture of Space

Room (View from Door) Room (Computer View)

Room (Junk View) Room (Slam Dunk View)

This room is where my computer is at, a room that is also a storage/closet area that my parents and I share. I spend 50% of my time at home in this room, and the other 50% in my bedroom. This room is where I work on my fanworks and other computer-related tasks. Last month, I bought a new custom computer, which I named “Kazama”, and I now have to keep a stepladder nearby to access the USB ports on the top. The stuff behind my computer chair is my junk pile. By nature, I’m a huge pack-rat and a lover of piles. From office supplies to textbooks to jigsaw puzzles to my friend’s Magic the Gathering cards . . . yes, I not a very neat person, but I try to keep my computer desk cleaner, and I think that little statue of Mitsui Hisashi from Slam Dunk encourages me to keep the area clean. After all, if the desk gets messy, then I won’t be able to see him!

Regardless, though, the mess behind my chair stimulates me. The way I see it is that as long as I have a good computer, then that’s all it matters! The junk pile is a secondary feature of the room, so I am able to overlook it and do my thing on the computer. This room is my sanctuary — even my parents know that once I am in here, doing whatever tasks I need to do, I am to be left alone. Since I was young, my parents were good about giving me my own space to do my hobbies, and I thank them for that.

Room (Desktop Wallpaper View)

The final photo of my “office” is my “digital space”. I took a screenshot of my computer desktop. That is not a physical space, per se, but it is the most important space for me. It’s a space I can easily change the image of to whatever fancies me at the moment (which features Saitou Hajime from Hakuouki). It’s the space that acts like a portal to everything I do on the computer, where I can access what I want with a simple click on a mouse or by pushing a key. And it’s also an area I try not to clutter up with too much icons, which is the opposite to the physical clutter in my life!

Space, both physically and digitally, is very important to me. I like the fact that I can turn my work area into something that makes me comfortable. I admit that my physical space tends to be cluttered and chaotic at times, but this space also gives me the solace I seek, which pleases the introvert in me. My mum’s space is the entire living room, which has a lot of traffic and noise, but that suits her extroverted nature. If we have guests over, they all linger in the living room — hardly anybody comes in my computer room, and that suits me just fine! And if it gets too noisy out there, I can close the door and continue my tasks. I find it ironic that I don’t mind the clutters in my physical surroundings, but auditory clutter is not welcomed by me.

I understand that space is really important for everyone, and it is something that I see even in my workplace. The after school centre I work at is a chaotic place. The main area is one giant room divided into multiple areas by glass partitions, and it is a loud, stimulating area. Luckily, there are few closed off areas in the centre, and I operate one of them — a computer/homework lab, one of the few areas that’s “quiet” by the main area standards. For an introvert like me, the overstimulation of the main area is very off-putting, and some of the kids I work with are just like me. In fact, we just had a dance the other day, and a couple of the kids found the music to be so loud that they escaped the dance room and came out to the quieter area. Ergo, I brought up to my manager that the next time we have a loud event like that, we should offer an alternative activity for those who do not like the activities that may over-excite someone.

But understandably enough, there are people who will thrive in a stimulating environment. Then there are people who thrive in a quieter space. Some people think better in a loud coffee shop, others think better when they are in the middle of a forest, or some people just need to be alone in their house. Wherever it is, we all need our “happy space”, especially when we need to be creative since happy people, people who are at ease, will be more creatively-inclined than being put in a space that puts them in opposite moods! My happy space is my computer room, and I like seeing the “digital space” on my monitor; with my mind at ease, I can do whatever I want!

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