Esme Valk

[Guest House, Duende, Rotterdam, 2009.]

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Guesthouse, 2009

video, publication 'Moment & Line', sofa, pin board, coffee and tea, 6m 52s, Dimensions Variable

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'Guest House' was installed in the living area and kitchen in one of the artist in resident studios of the artist initiative Duende, Rotterdam (NL). I removed the personal belongings of the residents apart from the sofa, the pin board and some kitchen appliances. In the kitchen the visitors could help themselves to coffee or tea. In front of the sofa stood a small table which carried the publication 'Moment & Line'. In a pre-existing cupboard I placed a screen which allowed for a rear projection.

The video shows a slowly moving figure. It is impossible to recognise a single person, only the silhouette of a body compiled from semi-transparent layers of pictures. The movement is almost invisible to the eye, but slowly the image changes.

The publication 'Moment & Line' is specially compiled for 'Guest House.' It consists of a selection of images from my personal archive; a mixture of pictures taken by myself and found images.

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