Michiel Huijben

Becoming a Building

From the verticality of the body as resembled in Greek columns, to people eating and dating walls and other built structures, this talk proposes that buildings share more similarities with us (and vice versa) than we are usually inclined to think. Taking examples from the history of art, architecture, philosophy, mythology and life in general, it suggests a number of ways for you to become more like a building, by focusing on the relations and similarities between human bodies and the material environment, and, specifically, buildings.

Duration 35 mins.

‘Becoming a building’ was performed at:

Enough Room for Space HQ Brussels, on 29 May 2015, as a contribution to their study group ‘Performing Objects’, an ongoing project that experiments with objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience.

X Marks the Bökship, hosted by Matt’s Gallery, London, on Thursday 18 June 2015 during ‘Man Made Structures and The Disembodied Voice’ as part of the The Cast of the Crystal Set event series.

The Cass, School of Architecture, London, on the 15th of September 2015 for the year's MA Degree Show.

Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, on the 22nd of October 2015 in the context of the group exhibition 'The Corner Show':

Many thanks to Aleks Catina, Marjolijn Dijkman, Emilio Distretti, Diana Duta, Mihnea Mircan and Bedwyr Williams. Special thanks to Bas Schevers, who edited the registration at Extra City.