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For the past 5 years I’ve been looking at the shells of unicellular organisms called foraminifera through the microscope. Now, I can’t look at human architecture anymore without seeing huge shells.
For the ongoing project On micro-and macroscopic houses I'm placing (site-specific) architectural specifics of venues and their surrounding into a geological context, starting with the origin of foraminiferal shells 500 million years ago.
Biominerals, such as shells, seem to be at the cross-section of living and dead matter. An attempt of life to create order and preservation amid the chaos and random motions of elements in fluids and gasses. Minerals are shaped into solid objects within and around the body, that remain preserved after death. As these objects, such as wisdom teeth, bones, kidney stones and external skeletons, can be disconnected from the body, you can question where the body ends and the skeleton begins. Human architecture may then also be seen as an externalised part of the body, much like a shell, providing a place to hide and forming our future fossil.