We start here with the Keg Apartment, which the author identifies as a design based on naming, or on the deformation of the find. The “stable vehicle” series of works is a final kind of inhabitation, that takes place as an act of creation – the last we have allowed – as “We are forced to put together old existing things in order to act as creators”.
Starting with Benjamin’s idea on the essay as a passage between fragments, Antonas expands his vision of today’s civilization as a massive reordering of existing items: “In this archeology of the given we are called to discover, crop, cut, paste, distort and transform”. Collage becomes a conceptual attitude of condensation rather than a simple technique, a way to comprehend the real in order to appropriate it, as we need to appropriate to inhabit.
The Keg Apartement proposes such an inhabitation, in form of a program, using existing vehicles as a system of “abandoned spaces”, transforming them into movable holiday rooms or small offices. The project aims to make a statement on the art-work and the process of art creation, where naming, defining, mixing fragments and recontexualizing are identified for their self-conscious artistic character, while we feel that the etherotopic – architectural – value of movable habitations lies just on the background.
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Antonas’ Flickr and Keg Apartment set
[ Architect: Aristide Antonas