I Am Only Playing House

2016

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“I am 22 years old and I live with my boyfriend’s parents. This, however, requires a number of compromises. Often I feel as on crossroads where I would like to take a new path, but somehow I am not moving forward. Inside me, I have a childish eagerness to build my own home. This reminds me of playing house when I was little where I would take my belongings, and imagine that they are something else. Our house has a living room that no one never uses. We call it affectionately an IKEA room. I decided to redesign our living room. The groundwork started with crocheting several dozen crocheted cloths in various sizes. To cover the different carpets and table mats, I collected differently coloured fabrics. While I redesigned the room I was dressed in a housewife clothing - a buttoned-up smock dress, high heels and a pink bow in hair. I prepared a clew for each quest with which everyone could play before eating and make themselves feel at home. I served them in a glass bowl. we all sat around the table which was made almost inaccessible by the yarn covering the entirety of the room. To get to the table everyone had to crawl over and under the pieces of yarn. We were like in our own home, we were like real adults.”

The performance was documented as a film, which was divided into chapters.

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„Ma olen 22-aastane ning ma elan koos oma poiss-sõbra vanematega. See aga nõuab mitmeid kompromisse. Tihti tunnen end kui ristteel, kus tahaksin pöörata uuele teele, kuid millegipärast ma ei liigu edasi. Mu sees on mingisugune lapselik ind rajada oma kodu. See meenutab mulle kodu mängimist, kus ma võtan oma isiklikud esemed ning kujutan ette, et need on midagi muud. Meie majas on elutuba, mida keegi kunagi ei kasuta. Me kutsume seda hellitavalt IKEA toaks. Ma otsustasin kujundada ümber meie elutoa. Selleks algas eeltöö, kus ma heegeldasin mitukümmend heegellappi erinevates suurustes. Et katta erinevad vaibad ja linikud, kogusin ma erivärvilisi kangaid. Riietusin toa ümberkujundamiseks perenaiselikku riietusse – pikk kittelkleit, kingad ja roosa lehv juustes. Külaliste tulekuks valmistasin igaühele lõngakera, millega igaüks saaks mängida enne söömist ja tunda end koduselt. Serveerisin neid klaaskausikeses. Pärast mängu tuli koogi söömine ja kohvi joomine, kus me kõik istusime ümber laua, milleni pidi roomama üle lappide ja läbi lõngade. Me olime justkui päris kodus, nagu päris täiskasvanud…”

Performance „Ma ainult mängin kodu" dokumenteeriti filmina, mis on jaotatud peatükkideks.

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