I settle in the room and the room settles in me
Performative Installation in artist residency Haishakkei 拝借景/ Toride, Ibaraki, Japan
Installed in a 180 x 180 x 180 cm tatami mat tea-room
Paper, acrylic paint, futon, pillow, glue, mosquitos, dust, photographs
(Reactions to a space)
My physical exchanges with this house have taken two forms: first of all, as a severe allergic reaction to dust, and second, sharing my blood with the mosquitoes of the local area that have lived here alongside me (territorial radius about 1-5 km surrounding the house).
I have settled in the room and the room has settled in me; through mosquito bites, difficulty breathing, and antihistamine medication.
When I have left the house, I have carried the itching bites, the shortness of breath and the side effects of the antihistamines, experiencing the physical presence of the space through my body even though I am not there.
An allergic reaction - both the swelling welt of a mosquito bite and the flu-like symptoms coming from inhaling dead dust mites - is the body’s way of responding to a perceived attack (a fair exchange; I invade the space with my work, the space invades my body with its allergens).
I lit a mosquito coil and filled up the small room with smoke, irritating my lungs while I drifted off to sleep.
(Note about the title: reference to the works of Juhani Pallasmaa, from, among other things, his essays on existential space and architecture )
Sleeping in my installation: Night of 21st-22nd October, selected photographs from approx. 11.30 pm - 05.30 am
Installation view; entrance to the work in the upper right corner accessed by a ladder. The audience was encouraged to go inside and lie down. Shown beside: Ane Landfald's landscapes from the same residency period.