Inspiring texts & Links

RYUJI MIYAMOTO - Cardboard Houses

Ryuji Miyamoto’s series of photographs called ‘Cardboard Houses’ depicts the living spaces created by the city’s organized homeless. The project began in the late 1980s but came to full fruition in the mid-1990s, just as Japan suffered from an economic crisis and the homeless population of Tokyo grew rapidly.


PALACE OF PROJECTS / Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Palace of Projects is a building with 
translucent walls, spiral in plan 
(like a snail shell), containing models 
and diagrams, for 67 different ideal 
projects on how to improve yourself or 
the world, or how to increase creativity.


TRACES OF PROCESS - Miranda Tufnell & Chris CrickmayBody- Space- Image, Notes towards improvisation and performance, 1990

In everyday settings, collections of objects often look coherent, not because they have been composed, but because a coherent, living process has occurred amongst them -

Tracks left by animals in snow
Craftsman's workshop
Ant's nest patterns
Table after meal

When we arrange things deliberately we commonly resort to simple pattens - a circle, a square, a line, a pile, various forms of symmetry, things at right angles to each other... Arrangements that emerge through a living process tend not to lend themselves to such overall descriptions.


Gabriel Garcia Marques, One Hundred Years of Solitute, 1972

A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands, who introduced himself as Melquiades, put on a bold public demonstration of what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of Macedonia. He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in a turbulent confusion behind Melquiades' magical irons. 'Things have a life of their own' the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. 'It's simply a matter of waking up their souls'