70 archive boxes on wooden grid, led panels, screen-prints, laser-engravings, risograph-prints
300 x 300 x 11 cm
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WAITING ROOM takes as a point of departure documents from the Akademie der Künste Berlin Archives relating to the experience in exile of modernist architect Bruno Taut in Japan in the 1930s. Using selected texts and imagery, the work attempts to highlight the parallels between the personal experience of exile, current global social and political movements, and the long-term physical threat in face of natural disasters.
In HO-DJO-KI the text is taken from Bruno Taut’s translation of the essay Hojoki by the Japanese poet and hermit Kamo no Ch?mei (1155–1216), who lived in reclusion in his 3x3m make-shift hut. By descriptions of disasters that befall his people – earthquakes, typhoons, floods, hunger – he expresses his disillusionment and unease with a world that falls to pieces, literally and socially. Fascinated by its modernity and topical nature, Bruno Taut translates it in 1934 in his own reclusion in Shorin-zan. His translation was never published.
In the installation the text is screenprinted on 70 archival boxes forming a square of 3x3m, unfurling like a landscape of an accumulating uncertainty that forges a bridge to the current state of unrest.