Barbara Signer, Michael Bodenmann and Jiajia Zhang spend four weeks in a space that pretends to be an apartment and arrange, re-arrange, share, seek, find, collect, deconstruct, dream, clean, talk and process along their paths of making a temporary home.
Within the sharing-economy, questions of possession and community regain importance and offer alternative concepts of living.
The apartment as a space where you can draw back, where you are in a secure environment, where we search for our very own ideal of life, where the Chi needs help from a hanging plant, where imagination and desire, struggles and tensions constantly define and redefine the self.
The peach is in between.
It is held by tubes but also holds them together.
Its position is defined, it is ideal.
The doors are usually also held in place but now they are screens ( 影 -shadow, image).
Screens are surfaces of projection and self definition, therefore, the doors become transparent.
Chi too is invisible just as the multiple sensory and digital wireless connections that cross paths with ourselves in this temporary home.
When it’s good, you can feel it, when it’s bad, you can feel it.
You can direct and redirect it, you can dance to its flow.
When you inhale and exhale from a cigarette, it might be a very physical personal act, but it could also be a public statement.
Smoking is not permitted inside.
Despite the Beijing snow, they gather in the coldest place.
The borders between the most intimate and the most public are being increasingly blurred, the voices of others can be heard within our own walls.
The exhibition and reflection on private and urban space took place at A307 (link) Friday 20.11. – Thursday 26.11.2015