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House (La Maison)

Gary Stevens

1999 – 2004

A domestic space mapped out in an empty space. Isolated names of furniture and features used as co-ordinates as a single figure explored the imaginary place, inventing or remembering the house. He traveled through imaginary rooms, rehearsing, and repeating journeys to establish the architecture.

It was built in his mind by physical enactment. He named details and pointed to their position without any implication of his presence in the room. He faltered over missing or uncertain details. As the space grew clearer, traces of occupation began to emerge. Yet the man’s familiarity and intimacy with the house did not secure his place in it.

Originally commissioned for Triangle Festival at La Friche, Marseilles in 1999. House has been performed in the UK at Fierce! Festival, REP, Birmingham 2005; and at Laban Theatre, London 2005.