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Motor-Home
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Architecture in the Making)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2151-5754
2017 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Resource type
Mixed material
Physical description [en]

Sculpture/Installation 3 x 4 x 1.5 m, Coloured MDF, Wax, Mirror, Metal, Objects Various Salvaged.

Description [en]

Material installation investigating the space between the garage and the kitchen via a fictional cabinet that slices through the section of a generic suburban house.

Abstract [en]

The suburban garage, arguably one of modernity’s most prolific reflexive inventions, has received little attention in terms of critical discourse in architecture. Contemporary Marxist feminism has been utilised in architectural theory to illustrate a series of binary conditions related to the home, including hidden forms of labour, paid and unpaid work, productive and reproductive spheres, public and private, sex and gender. Through this discourse, the subject of maintenance (which includes physical repairs and renovation, housework and homemaking) is broadly accepted as a means of producing and inhabiting architectural space. This innovation has been key in determining alternative forms of architectural practice that contest and intervene in dominant patriarchal images and descriptions of the home. The garage is uniquely situated between public and private realms, house and infrastructure, store and facilitator, place of work and labour, and has often been utilised as a free and reprogrammable space in close proximity to the home. This image of liminality is expressed in a variety of media including advertising and film, where the garage situates ambiguous forms of masculinity by connecting gendered forms of maintenance to images of technology and consumption. The suburban garage as reflexive invention initially responded to the need to house an automobile, but later it becomes a site of continual reimagining, responding not only to the collective subjectivity of the household but also to practices that cannot be contained within the program of the house. By questioning the binary applications of gender and maintenance theory, it may be possible to understand how capitalism operates to produce new forms of masculine domesticities and domestic masculinities.

Place, publisher, year, pages
ArkDes, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2017.
Keywords [en]
Cabinet, Garage, Kitchen, Maintenance, Masculinities
National Category
Architecture Visual Arts
Research subject
Architecture; Art, Technology and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-259504DiVA, id: diva2:1351590
Projects
The Garage: Maintenance and gender
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QC 20190916

Available from: 2019-09-16 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

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