Horizon and skirting board

Nomad, from the series Seashells that look like petrified ears (2015), is a short story written by Dutch artist Niels Bekkema about Hendrik, a man who desires to be a nomad. He works hard to do so but paradoxically, his dream is thwarted when he is fired from his job at a bank. The only solution he finds is to shut himself in his house and add castors to his furniture, expecting with this gesture to achieve the state of flux that nomadism provides.

 

In Horizon and skirting board, indoor quotidian space is transformed into a landscape where artistic research develops by adding wheels to all the items in my house, thereby inhabiting the contradictory situation of being a “static nomad” during 3 months. This exercise in the transformation of daily objects into an unstable version of themselves is an insurrection of reality in the intimacy of domestic space that reflects on contemporary nomadism and the relationship between movement and freedom.

 

During these 3 months, the two inhabitants (Natalia and I) as well as friends, neighbours, lovers and family who visited in the house, identified new significances for quotidian movements. We experienced an interfered relation between body and objects; we reflected on the relation between literature and visual arts; and we discussed about dysfunctionality as a means to produce knowledge.

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2016

 

Special thanks to Natalia Sorzano and Niels Bekkema

 

With the kind support of INJUVE

 

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