‘If I was the Architect of a ‘Dream House’
Not contrived as art works often are, and not as tasteful as ‘Art Brut’ can be made to be, when placed in galleries, the house expresses its tragic existential situation through both its structure and in its materiality.
More ‘house of dreams’ than material house.
100% S.U.S.T.A.I.N.A.B.L.E, as a symbolic structure; for it is made using 100% recycled discarded material.
|the house seen from the street (August 2011)|
In The Poetics of Space Bachelard reminds us that ‘there exists for each one of us an oneiric house, a house of dream-memory, that is lost in the shadow of the real past… the crypt of the house where we were born in’. For most of us this imaginary house only exist in our minds, when we allow it to manifest itself at all…
|Successive attempts at consolidation, in turn, require consolidation in an endless chain of corrections…|
|which overloads the structure, weakening it further|
Ironically, structural strength is fully realized in the common Thai ’fashee’ — the woven basket used to cover food on the table, to protect it from flies; reminiscent of the woven structures found in some African willow and mud houses and in the design of modern tents.
The fragility of the house (and its incumbent collapse) is hinted at in a photomontage, which superimpose house + fashee to make one of 25 intended Visual Propositions About Architecture:
The exhibition takes the form of a polylogue: a dialogue of many voices, set up and around an emblematic wooden structure, onto which video footage of Khun A. is projected,
and around which a variety of visual 'propositions' crystallize our individual concerns and approaches: postcards, drawings, etchings, photographs, paintings, assemblages, documentation and texts.
|Polylogue: exploring the relation image . text across propositions…|
Reading a response to the house, from a single photograph,
by Paul Glendinning, Professor of Mathematics, Manchester
On the floor, a collection of drawers are scattered: with notes of our journey, proofs, fragments.…
An anonymous 'Art Brut' artist from the street is represented with four beautiful assemblages of found ordinary objects, which he makes, then discards; once they have fulfilled their existential purpose… [as 'transitional objects'?].
For us, however, when they have been discarded, they acquire a new life: both as objects that exceed our understanding, and as works of art in their own right; as they enter the polylogue:
Visitors to the exhibition can take home a selection of artist postcards available on a first come first served basis…
Initially, I was hoping that we could help Kuhn A rebuild his house; according to his own design; offering our hands without imposing our ideas. I thought that it would be good for the architect in our team and architecture students to work according to totally different principles and requirements.
Talking with Kuhn A, however, we had to realize that we were not dealing with a 'machine to live in' — a physical house — but at a 'house of dream' when he thanked us for our offer, adding ' don't worry; everything is under control…'.
At that point the project was formally closed.
The House Project developed out of staff research seminars led by visiting professor Gérard Mermoz, at King Mongkut’s University, July-August 2011 & 2012.
The House Project is: Gérard Mermoz (lead artist and project curator), Associate Professor Nigel Power, who set up the scheme; participating artists: Michael Croft, Checksant Gangakate, Simon Labalestier, (Communication Design); Voraprada Vorantanachai and Akararat Songwattanayothin (students, Communication Design), David Mrugala (Architecture). Our grateful thanks to King Mongkut’s University, who generously funded the project, to Ernest H. Lee and Brian Curtin, director and curator of H Gallery Bangkok and H Project Space respectively, who kindly gave hospitality to the House Project.
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Some of the issues raised by The House Project will be explored by the A Man on A Bridge project currently documented at http://amanonabridgebangkok.blogspot.co.uk/