HomeLess Home exhibition review (J. of Architectural Education)
It has become a rite of passage in architectural education for students to explore the poetics of space, treating architecture as a discipline not limited to the objecthood of a designed artifact, but, instead, as something more intangible: the performed, subjective experience. More often than not, this is an exercise that treads a merry path to some kind of lived pleasantry--the memory of a childhood site, the manner in which sun strikes a wall, or a psychogeographic mapping of an urban space.
"HomeLessHome," a recent exhibition at Museum on the Seam, builds on this theoretical genealogy, engaging its architectural poetics. The results, though, are not the nostalgic memories of childhood curiosities that Bachelard examines. Here, the poetry is transient, haunting, violent, and desperate.