Urban space is systematically divided. Public space is limited and private space excludes the public. Certainly in both areas potentials lie fallow.
As part of the project Refugium, I appropriated a part of the idle potential and defined it as a hidden 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. On a fallow land in Offenbach’s city center I installed a space and I temporarily lived in and around the space. From the outside it looked like a big stack of wooden beams. The interior of the room is reduced to the most important elements. All used materials were found in public spaces and thus ensure the inconspicuousness of the installation.
At various times, people have had to hide under the pressure of flight and persecution. The Refugium discusses the phenomenon of hideouts.
photos at POP;68: Nils Müller // acknowledgement: Malte Möller, Anne Krieger, Susanne M. Winterling