Broelschool Demolition Workshop
In October 2014, Space Caviar curates the cultural programme of Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium. SQM: The Home Does Not Exist is a research-driven investigation into the nature of the home since World War II ended, triggering radical reorganisations in society, the domestication of advanced technology into household products, and the negotiation of the fundamental (and fundamentally modern) right to shelter.

As part of this investigation, the abandoned Broelschool in the centre of Kortrijk hosts SQM: The Quantified Home. This installation combines a physical dérive through the sprawling building with a graphical timeline of evolving domesticity. During Biennale Interieur 2014, visitors have the last opportunity to explore this building before it is demolished to make way for the construction of apartments.

To initiate the transition of the building and to critically examine the implications of this looming condition of domesticity, we invited ten young designers and architects from different countries to the Broelschool Demolition Workshop. During the workshop, the participants collectively designed and built a path through the building and created a series of graphical and physical interventions on the architecture of the school. Their work reveals hidden aspects of the original construction and cuts shortcuts and slices through the walls, leaving traces of a timeline of the home as well as original literature commissioned from contemporary authors. Using the building itself as a source of reusable material, the workshop predates the destruction and celebrates the transition of the school into its future.

A project by Space Caviar

Curated by Joseph Grima

Exhibition manager Martina Muzi

Research by Space Caviar (Tamar Shafrir, Andrea Bagnato, Bernardo Martins de Almeida)

In collaboration with
Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)
officinaGISTO (Alessandro Mason)

Broelschool Demolition Workshop participants
Simon Beckmann, Raphael Coutin, Vanessa Gerotto, Andrea Levorato, Marina Mangiat, Giulio Margheri, An Pan Thi Khanh, Roel Van Herpt, Joan Vellve, Leanne Wijnsma

Special thanks to
Pieter Blondé, Céline Lagae from Interieur 2014
Pieter Michiels from Buda Lab
Jan Boelen

Biennale Interieur 2014
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