Inhabited Projections
2017 | Untitled (Yellow)
2016 | < dienstag abend > No.84
2015 | The Collective Archive II
2014 | The Collective Archive I
2013 | The Fox Den
2013 | Uniforma
2013 | Untitled (Ver navios passar)
2012 | Al Wahda
2011 | Block TV
2010 | Trinomial
2010 | Guided Tour
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The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Photo March (video projection on found object)
Since the early 1990's and until as late as 2017 a massive process of architectonic and urban conversion has been taking place in the city of Münster.
Especially during the Allied occupation of Germany, the British Army of the Rhine was not only a constant presence in the city, but also a sort of sub-urban planner, responsible for the development of its border districts - peripheral enclosed systems organised by and for the military, its infrastructure and daily functioning revolving around the Army's own structure.
The conversion of such massive areas relied on a centralized effort and on the acquisition of the majority of the real estate by the Federal Republic of Germany and on its later management through the government agency Institute for Federal Real Estate (Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben – BImA).

The British troops left behind several casern districts and almost 800 residential locations, from which 536 single family terraced houses, informally referred to as die Engländer Häuser – the Englishmen's houses.
By the time of the exhibition at FAK, on March 2018, around 19 conversion projects in the city of Münster came officially to an end and the Big Conversion, if not already ended, nearly sounds like a project of the past. Fussy daily life replaces big processes and projects at amazing speed. But, are the commercial model for managing government real estate through the figure of the BImA landlord and the government system of internal rent the end of the conversion process? Which other actors play a role in the transformation of architecture and urban planning?

What does the civil afterlife of the Englishmen's houses look like? Serial architecture, charged with the purpose of non-permanent habitability, projected (arch.) according to the projection (idea) of what the life of a married soldier looks like: 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room and a garden. Two to four children? A stay-at-home wife? Standardization, order, “little lego houses that look all the same“. Do they still? Should they serve as accommodation facilities for refugees, student housing, real estate rented out to low income families or private housing for wealthier ones? Who has a say? And do conversion, renovation, disappropriation, reappropriation and transformation processes really come to an end?


Through a series of works Inhabited Projections answers to the call for Self-questioning with an exhibition turned towards the tensions between projected and lived architecture.

The installation Die Fläche / The Flat is a site-specific piece that focuses on the process of conversion of military architecture in the city of Münster. Conceived as a 1:1 floor plan of two geminated single family terraced houses that were assigned to British soldiers living in the city, Die Fläche / The Flat takes shape as a large scale drawing of technical and therefore concrete nature, projected with duct tape transversally inside the FAK exhibition space, and continuing to the outside with a cobblestone drawing throughout the two neighboring gardens. The projection of the floor plan directly onto a physical place, as well as the inclusion of an original front door number lamp, as one of the last construction details, subverts the stages of architectonic construction.

The study of the British single family terraced houses continues through the photobook Engländerhäuser I and the drawing series Engländerhäuser II. The first is conceived as a series of around 100 photographies of the front doors of the former British single family terraced houses, taken between December 2017 and the end of January 2018, this publication traces the different stages of architectonic transformation of the houses since the conversion process. The appearance of the main entrances tells the story of different models of real estate property management and distribution: from accommodation for refugees, student communal flats, empty houses, real estate rented out to low income families or privately owned houses, the main entrances share a formal alphabet that can be easily decoded by those living in the neighbourhood. Through signs, stickers or decorations, the Engländerhäuser photo series shows the main entrance as a part of the house chosen to communicate something to the outside. The self-made changes in the doors and facades of the houses since they are privately owned suggest that after the conversion of architecture from military to civil use there are other, still ongoing, conversion processes taking place.

On the other hand, Engländerhäuser II allows one to look inside these houses. Following a proposal by the artist left in their mailbox, the current inhabitants of the former British terraced houses are invited to draw a floor plan of their own house. Medium and style are free and the details to be included in the drawing are left to each one’s consideration. This drawing series mirrors the path from envisioned to inhabited architecture asking for those who inhabit architecture to show us a draft of the space they live in the way they see it.

Finally, the self-drawn floor plans find their institutional counterpart through two floor plans of the British houses, courtesy of the Studierendenwerk Münster and BImA - Bundesanstalt für immobilienaufgaben Münster.
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2018 | A Casa
2019 | The Collective Archive III / Timeline
2019 | Exercises In Impossibility
2019 | The Collective Archive III
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
The flat / Die Fläche, Klebeband, Pflastersteine - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Engländerhäuser II (Kollektive Zeichenserie), Mixtechnik auf Papier 29,7 x 42 cm - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Engländerhäuser II (Kollektive Zeichenserie), Mixtechnik auf Papier 29,7 x 42 cm - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Engländerhäuser II (Kollektive Zeichenserie), Mixtechnik auf Papier 29,7 x 42 cm - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Engländerhäuser II (Kollektive Zeichenserie), Mixtechnik auf Papier 29,7 x 42 cm - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Engländerhäuser II (Kollektive Zeichenserie), Mixtechnik auf Papier 29,7 x 42 cm - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)
Floorplan, courtesy of Studierendenwerk Münster and BImA - Bundesanstalt für immobilienaufgaben Münster - FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2018 DE)