homecomings: PROJECTIVE SPACE

Written by Roberta Coletto

What does “go back home” mean?
Homecomings: PROJECTIVE SPACE is the last of a series of events, curated by Cassandra Edlefsen together with Annabelle von Girsewald, that condenses inspections related to the prismatic idea of space, place, home and some of their possible investigation’s paths.
The project began its journey in fall 2013 with homecomings that took place in BOX Freiraum, Berlin; followed by homecomings, etc. a two-day symposium hold at Aedes Network Campus Berlin the following year.
The inspirational starting impulse germinated from Hreinn Friofinnsson’s House Project (1974-) and George Perec’s book Espèces d’espaces (1974), both openly mentioned as Muses.
Co-founder of the group SÚM in Reykjavik in 1965, Fri?finnsonn is an Icelandic artist whose House Project consists in a inside-out house constructed in the lava fields near the area of Hafnarfjördur. Façade on the inside and wallpaper looking the outside environment means mixing up the usual understanding: an extended private territory on one hand and a universe encapsulated within the structure, on the other hand.
That work has been inspired, in its turn, by the 1938 book Icelandic Aristocracy by Thorbergur Thordarson. That was indeed a story of a man who sold his house in order to build a smaller one, but then inside out. Over the years Fri?finnsonn’s work evolved in dematerialialization of the house until no house remains. Only lines to border it. Where is home, then?
As for Perec’s Espèces d’espaces it’s a flow of thoughts that swirl around the idea of house, inhabited territory, and space. And it’s exactly with a list of SPACE representations that his book begins: (…)

OPEN SPACE
SPACE SUIT
SPACE AGE LIVING SPACE
(…)

Each suggested word add a different significance – and therefore representing different world – in a multiple interpretation of the same concept.
Homecomings, featuring Tomás Saraceno and Alvaro Urbano among others, questions our identity in relation to space and considers concepts such as ‘territory’, demarcation line and limits in contrast with ‘space’ as an empty, unlimited surface to be drawn.

Kurfürstenstraße 13, 10785 Berlin
homecomings: PROJECTIVE SPACE
2 May – 27 June 2015
Thursday – Saturday, 11am–6pm

Photo: Tanaz Modabber: a node’s prosody (2015), detail. Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin. Courtesy the artist.