Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins
Spatial Design & Event Curation (2019)
Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Project – Videos Coming Soon.
This project tackles narratives that respond to issues of gentrification and the diminishing presence of ‘queer space’ in cities, through a series of immersive spatial experiences taking place within a disused shed at a property in Eindhoven which will be demolished and redeveloped at the end of the year.
Over a period of several months, five ‘Acts’ were curated within the shed, tracking different archetypal clichés associated with gentrification. Starting as a gay bar, the shed was then transformed into a café, an Airbnb and a luxury property marketing event. After each act, the space was completely renovated into a new spatial design.
A final installation documents these Acts by displaying five videos alongside associated artefacts and props. Referencing the exact form of the initial shed, the space ambiguously appears somewhere between a ruin and a construction site, while becoming a stage set to allow further performances.