In cities like London, New York and even in less privatized Amsterdam, housing is getting more and more limited and expensive. In this Reading Room architect Jack Self will read ‘domestic time’ to uncover unexpected strategies to renegotiate the home into a place for living instead of an object for speculation. Respondents are design collective Cookies. Moderator is Tamar Shafrir of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
A unique confluence of factors — limited geographic territory, a sustained neoliberal economic regime, centrality within the global financial market, special status for foreign money and residents, mid-century building policies, and medieval traditions of land ownership — mark the home as a site of urgency and emergency in the UK, and excruciatingly so in London.
“In all statistical probability you will never own a home.”
“Without unpaid domestic labour, the family ceases to exist.”
“We are always connected yet forever apart.”
Through these statements, released as captions to a series of photographic vignettes from contemporary living spaces, the curators of Home Economics, this years exhibition in the British pavilion in Venice, address the home as a site that oscillates between the sentimental permanence of family and belonging and the cyclical temporality of current practices of inhabitation.
In this Reading Room, Home Economics curator Jack Self will read domestic time as a complex polyrhythm based on different units — hours, days, months, years, and decades. Through these domestic cycles, he addresses the scalar nuances of housework, the sharing economy, speculation and mortgages, political residency, and intergenerational community. He therefore challenges the notion of “forever”, so deeply intertwined with the idea of home, in order to renegotiate the home based on contemporary logics of information, privacy, value, and activity.
Thursday Night Dinner:
Prior to the Thursday Night at 6.30 pm we serve a meal made from fresh, organic produce in Het Nieuwe Café. An opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers, Het Nieuwe Instituut staff and other visitors. The meal costs €17,50 including drinks. Book your seat until Wednesday 13th of April 2016, 17:00.
The Reading Room is a series of evenings dedicated to the act of collective reading. It is a place to decipher and interpret the world with its countless languages and systems, including phenomena that by their ubiquity evade investigation. Led by an artist, researcher or designer, a small audience will reflect upon a concept, a text, an object or an image. The Reading Room is a space for intimate, provocative conversations. It is a place for creative confusion and sometimes even frustration, in which speakers and audience are not looking for concrete solutions but for higher resolutions. Subjects in previous Reading Rooms include exhibition, surveillance, migration, liquidity, museum, insecurity.