LIFE / About a Houseis the result of a month long Artist in Residency at No Pressure Project Space / Trash the House.
The inspiration for the exhibition comes from the masterpiece Life, A User’s Manual (1978) by Georges Perec.
The book is is a tapestry of interwoven stories and ideas as well as literary and historical allusions, based on the lives of the inhabitants of a fictitious Parisian apartment block. It was written according to a complex plan of constraints and is primarily constructed from several elements, each adding a layer of complexity (or so it says on wikipedia).
The exhibition is set up as an itinerary through time and focuses on the sometimes weird life stories of a number of tenants, owners or events related to the house.
The six (major) artworks that highlight a person or an event have all been made (or constructed) with at least one of the following constraints (loosely based on the constraints as used by Perec to construct his novel) in mind:
A Graeco Latin square
A reference to an earlier work
A reference to work by another artist
A reference to something happening as the work was being made
A reference to something having to do with me
A detailed description of every object and furniture in a room
Newspaper clippings or other documents
The Knight’s move
Hints to a game or a puzzle
Pointing at each other or referencing each other