projects

Ready to lose control

2013
Temporary installation on three levels of a WWII bunker ; 36 peeled logs and black ink

Commissioned by GANG

De Zeven Provincien are seven similar WW-II bunkers near former military airport Fliegerhorst Deelen, built by the Germans. They were designed like local farms for camouflage, to hide them from Allied Forces on the outside, but inside the cast concrete and 50 cm thick walls reveil their true purpose. The window shutters are made of heavy cast iron in stead of wood. After WW-II, the bunkers were used by the Dutch army. The bunkers got abandoned after the Cold War and the windows were shut by plywood plates to avoid squatting.

During the Verboden Landschap festival, the house was publicly accessible for the first time in its existence. After twenty-five years of darkness I removed the plywood plates from the windows and explored every room of the house. The logs traced my exploration and connected the outside with the interiors of the house. The installation invited the public to observe the house as an object from outside and explore the spaces inside the house.

After the festival the bunkers were sold to be transformed into family houses.

 

 

 

 

 

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