The builder inside the staircase

By admin, February 17, 2012

An in-situ piece at a private home as a part of “Coup de Ville” organised by Jan Hoet and Stef van Bellingen together with WARP in Sint Niklaas, Belgium 2010. The exhibition was a “Chambres des amis de 21. siecle” held in private and public locations in the city-centre of Sint-Niklaas. Key notions are integrity-led artistic engagement, dialogue, superseding cultures and generations. The title symbolically refers to an ‘occupied city’. This installation was done in a “found location” in the livingroom of a family that was moving into a new house. On the ground floor there was a staircase leading up to the next floor and on the side wall of the staircase was a small door. This sparked the idea of projecting something into that corner. We can say that the corner was brought to life with this video projection. It shows a ping pong ball rolling in and out of the door and occasionally a hand holding a hammer, a foot or a head sticks out of the door, indicating a builder that might be a some sort of a character of the small door or a “spirit” living in the house. The evoking and implantation of the character into the corner transforms it into a place where a possible story could occur.
Single channel video projection and sound onto a corner in a house under construction

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photo: Art Platform WARP & Wim Wauman

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