1. Unearthed    Pavilion exploring the typology of the (Company’s) Gardens

  2. On the Grounds of Intersections

  3. The Living Room

  4. Temporary Sleeping Space

  5. Parts of a Whole

  6. Beyond the Unswept Floor

  7. Research Projects



The Living Room

The Living Room explores the relationship between humans and other species, questioning and encouraging reflection upon why our current urban lifestyle is so removed from nature.

The living room space, throughout human evolution and history, has echoed the corresponding lifestyle and societal relation to nature. The title, The Living Room, holds a dual meaning. By reflecting this domestic space, we are questioning the philosophi- cal and cultural value behind how we live as modern humans and our interactions with the environment around us. However, the pieces themselves are composed of living and natural materials that are present in the Biesbosch.
By bringing living and organic materials into the living room, we create a space of cohabitation between different species, on a micro and macroscopic level. The process of making this work was a collaboration with nature, as we worked with microorganisms, plant species and as a result, the living habitat they provide.
The materiality and acts of making explore the past, present and future of a living room. We are juxtaposing old crafting techniques with modern methods of making materials, for example, bioplastic. We are referencing traditional weaving techniques with biomaterials made from micro-organisms and organic matter.

Yet, both contemporary and traditional methods of making hold a connection to sustainability through collaborating with the surrounding natural environment and bringing nature into the home.

The installation is a dialogue with the senses, through collaging different textures, colours and smells. We embrace how these organic materials are ever-evolving, growing and changing. This contrasts current living room furniture which is designed to maintain structure and stability. We are fascinated by the fragility and sensitivity of these methods of making; they reflect the possibility of reciprocal symbiosis between humans and the natural world.