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OPENING HOUSE Find here Anne’s brilliant thoughts and ideas and critiques and philosophical explorations about the politics of FLAT34’s opening house.

Warmest, FLAT34

Enjin Yang, LOVE ----A simple desire to make the audience member feel valued, connected and transformed. With an array of tools ranging from the human voice, to the careful orchestration of space, body language, and, most importantly, face-to-face conversation, those who listen can connect to their own unique personal emotions and stories.

Dorine van Meel, Blending Modes ----If I contemplate the house attentively and with no thought in my mind, it has something eternal about it, and an atmosphere of torpor seems to be generated by it. It is true that I see it from a certain point in my ‘duration’, but it is the same house that I saw yesterday when it was a day younger: it is the same house that either an old man or a child might behold. It is true, moreover, that age and change affect it, but even if it should collapse tomorrow, it will remain for ever true that it existed today: each moment of time calls all the others to witness; it shows by its advent ‘how things were meant to turn out’ and ‘how it will all finish’; each present permanently underpins a point of time which calls for recognition from all the others, so that the object is seen at all times as it is seen from all directions and by the same means, namely the structure imposed by a horizon. Maurice Merleau-Ponty in Phenomenology of Perception, 1962.

Luuk Schroder, From the acting to the seeing ----When, we understand something in a conversation, an expression that is often used is “I see”. Seeing means, in this case, understanding or grasping the rationale behind that what the other was saying. Often, to be able to make someone “see” what is meant, speech or imagery is used to express that what has to be understood. In very much the same way, saying something out loud to oneself expresses things in a very different way then only thinking does. Saying something out loud makes one see in the same way as that seeing creates a language in which one can say. The fact that the words ‘seeing’ and ‘saying’ come from the same root, says as much. They are intrinsically connected and form a bridge between us and the objective world, or the world that objects to us. Saying does not just refer to speech, else the metaphor for “seeing” could have better been “hearing”. Saying can be anything, as long as it makes one “see”.

Yuki Kondo, Privacy ----To open the room to public, the door is left open although the entrance to the room is blocked instead of the door. The barrier to the entry is composed of the resident’s all belongings in her room, and all of them are originally in her room and used as daily goods though they are exposed to public now. The door is the delimitation of a boundary between private and public, and it protects and hides the privacy from the outside though the alternative barricade rather exposes fragments of her privacy. Now without entry you can see all belongings which you would have seen in her room. It is interpreted into reconstruction of the barrier after the open although simultaneously there is a malfunction of the barrier. In a sense, this contradictory outcome triggers a kind of ambiguous distance between you (the public) and the barricade (the privacy).

Susan Conte ----No matter which way you slice it, dice it, or fry it, drawing is painting’s little sister. All guts and no glory. It stems from a subordinate history, always awkwardly falling second. Observational drawing feels especially humble. Polite, even. But there is a strangeness in re-representing an object that already exists. Once it crowns the page, it begins to take on its own character and have opinions. It begins to invade your shit with its shit.

Elaine Reynolds, fuzzy aggregates ----Let’s zoom out, let’s see how big it is. It’s bigger than all of Spain and Portugal; Iberia, the Iberian Peninsula, is that what they call it? Yeah, hmmm, It’s quite big, It’s mad, I never really looked at the place names closely Yes, and they’re all being changed, like Polokwane, that used to be called Petersburgh, but that’s also now changed Koster, is that a common name? Kosterrrrr, No

The reason I ask is because I only know a handful of Dutch people and one of them is called Mauritz Koster Yeah, uh, let’s zoom out, Potch –est – strrromm, let’s see in relation to Pretoria. Pretoria is here and this is where I went to university, then I did my second BA back in Pretoria before moving here…and here is where we are, right now… number 40, Goodwood Rd, Wow, that’s far…when you put it like that

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