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BGSQD in ‘IKEA Disobedients’ at PS1

From the Museum of Modern Art: PS1 website:

“IKEA Disobedients, an architectural performance by Madrid-based Andrés Jaque Arquitectos, was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The international premiere of the performance at MoMA PS1, part of the 9+1 Ways of Being Political exhibition on view concurrently at MoMA, reveals how recent architectural practices utilize performative actions to engage audiences with architecture in a non-traditional way.

The performance occurs in an installation constructed from re-configured IKEA furniture, wherein the notion of ‘The Independent Republic of Our Home,’ as espoused in the traditional family oriented IKEA catalogue, is re-evaluated through the alternative domestic lives of those performing, all of whom counter the notion of domestic isolation via engaging directly with the collective from the intimacy of their own homes.

Each of the nine participants, Corentin Bohl, Gianna Bone-Teola, Moddy Harding, Donnie Jochum, Denish Kinariwala, Maja Leonardsen Musum, Real Michael Clark, Greg Newton and Frank Traynor were selected on account of how their own domestic lives exist apart from the professed “norm”. Whether through activism or entrepreneurship these individuals are bringing social and political actions into the personal sanctum of the home. Throughout the two performances each performer will go about the social actions that routinely take place within their own homes, from providing haircuts and food to discussing the nature of their own ideas about what a contemporary domestic idyll encompasses. The audience is encouraged to participate and interact within the space and voice their own thoughts on the idea of the home as not a neutral space but one where “controversy and disagreement (can arise) at the site where affections may also emerge.”

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