Offenbach / 2018 / Installation and intervention
Urban space is systematically divided. Public space is limited and private space is entirely reserved for free use. Certainly in both areas potentials lies fallow for various but mostly economic reasons. As part of the project Refugium, I have appropriated a part of the idle potential and defined it as a living space. The aim of the experimental space project was to gain experience on methods for long-term appropriation with subsequent renegotiation of the space. Concretely I installed a room on a fallow land in Offenbach’s city center and I temporarily lived in and around the space. From the outside the room looked like a big stack of wooden beams. The trick of the hiding place is that the stack is hollow from the inside. The interior of the room is reduced to the most important elements. A hammock for sleeping, as well as a seat and table for eating. All used materials were found in public spaces and thus ensure the inconspicuousness of the installation or intervention. In addition to its attributes as an occupant, the Refugium also faces the long term history of the hideout. At various times, people have had to hide under the pressure of flight and persecution. In Central Europe only in the last century, there are countless examples, and even today people are hiding here on the run.