finishing up installation the Tribe in 1993, I come to
the conclusion that an important aspect is left untouched and in
need of investigation. I start an inquiry into the relation
between the inner and the outer, the interior and the exterior,
thinking of the individual human being as the place of a sheltered
spirit and the community as a sheltered whole. And the other way
around: the shelter as a place where one can meet and gather, but
also as a location where one can be alone and contemplate.
There are numerous kinds of dwellings people make all over the
world: a tent, a Kasbah, a pueblo, a mud house, an apartment and
the like. All these habitations show the various traditions of
cultures. How people make a living and protect
themselves from danger, how they gather and how they withdraw.
Dwelling is having some sort of shelter, a roof over one's head,
physically and mentally.
It is the cultural environment where we feel at home and in some
sense is our complete world. What is more, our dreams and
experiences relate to specific events that occurred at a
particular place and point in time. This idea is worked out in
installation Huis(House) that transforms a mill into a
haven, where the visitor can shop for memories.
The Shelter Project is meant to shed light on the
question what happens to a human being when all natural and
cultural environments are absent.