DESIGN

VISUAL ART

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A SHADOW IN THE SHAPE OF A HOUSE
2021

When have you last been all by yourself for a full day? Have you ever really been all by yourself for a full day? What insights can one gain from solitude?
a shadow in the shape of a house is the outcome of withdrawing from interpersonal exchange and media stimuli. Through a deliberate three-week isolation in the uninhabited house right opposite of my childhood home in a small town in Austria, I examined the concept of estrangement from the familiar through a shift of perspective and became a peculiar and withdrawn neighbor to my own family. By crossing the street, I could look at the inside of what was known to me only from the outside, and at the outside of what was known to me from the inside.
In my small petit-bourgeois hometown the upheld contrast between publicly played sanctimony and privately hidden oddities is subtle but pervasive. I explored the duality between what is considered socially acceptable and shown to the public in contrast to what lies hidden and secret in the shadow of the intimate and private realm. Being in solitude allowed for an investigation of how subjective experience is influenced by societal norms of performance and behavior, and how an absence of exterior judgment can lead towards a state of personal autonomy. By embracing and exploring the qualities of boredom rather than escaping from it through means of distraction, I let stillness set the framework to think through and revolt against learned concepts of value and productivity in late capitalism. The project is thus an act of looking behind two facades - the architectural one of the house I had in front of my eyes every day for many years in my childhood and my own social facade as an individual, which has undergone radical changes ever since I have left the small, petit-bourgeois town I grew up in.
The full body of work consists of 121 photographs and texts. The various visual experiments and the pieces of non-fictional writing, build upon and complement each other.


A SHADOW IN THE SHAPE OF A HOUSE
2021

When have you last been all by yourself for a full day? Have you ever really been all by yourself for a full day? What insights can one gain from solitude?
a shadow in the shape of a house is the outcome of withdrawing from interpersonal exchange and media stimuli. Through a deliberate three-week isolation in the uninhabited house right opposite of my childhood home in a small town in Austria, I examined the concept of estrangement from the familiar through a shift of perspective and became a peculiar and withdrawn neighbor to my own family. By crossing the street, I could look at the inside of what was known to me only from the outside, and at the outside of what was known to me from the inside.
In my small petit-bourgeois hometown the upheld contrast between publicly played sanctimony and privately hidden oddities is subtle but pervasive. I explored the duality between what is considered socially acceptable and shown to the public in contrast to what lies hidden and secret in the shadow of the intimate and private realm. Being in solitude allowed for an investigation of how subjective experience is influenced by societal norms of performance and behavior, and how an absence of exterior judgment can lead towards a state of personal autonomy. By embracing and exploring the qualities of boredom rather than escaping from it through means of distraction, I let stillness set the framework to think through and revolt against learned concepts of value and productivity in late capitalism. The project is thus an act of looking behind two facades - the architectural one of the house I had in front of my eyes every day for many years in my childhood and my own social facade as an individual, which has undergone radical changes ever since I have left the small, petit-bourgeois town I grew up in.
The full body of work consists of 121 photographs and texts. The various visual experiments and the pieces of non-fictional writing, build upon and complement each other.




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