Mikel van Gelderen zum "Gummi House"

Noch bis Anfang Oktober steht das Gummi House auf unserer Skulpturenwiese am Museumsbahngleis.

Dazu hier ein Interview mit einem der Designer: Mikel van Gelderen.

‘I have often thought that probably there might be a way found out tomake an artificial glutinous composition much resembling that excrementout of which the silk worm wire-draws his clew’ Robert Hooke, 1664

The Gummi House is a small pavilion, completely made out of rubber. Thehouse can be entered, one person at a time, to retreat from the outsideand to find oneself again. The introvert character of the pavilion isreinforced by the hollow acoustics of the interior. Partly translucentwalls enlighten the space during the day.Unlike what you might expect, the Gummi House is all about mass andweight. The house is an amber-coloured rectangular monolith (outsidedimensions 1,5 x 1,5 x 2,3 m) in which an egg shaped interior seems tobe carved out. One wall offers a small bench and another a window-framewith no view. The entrance is nothing more than a vertical cut in athird wall. The whole house, including bench and window-frame, is madeout of poured in place urethane resin.The Gummi House will be the main source of inspiration for aperformance by the dramaturg Tjyying Liu in the first week of October2010 on the square in front of the Schauspielhaus Bochum. Before that,it will also be on display in Oberhausen during the ISEA2010 conference, the International Symposium on Electronic Art.

The Gummi House has been made possible by a grant from the Fonds BKVB

Design: Mikel van Gelderen, Tjyying Liu and Jurjen Zeinstra