Life a User’s Manual is a series of stories and happenings that take place simultaneously in the same house. People dream of a habitat they can feel protected in, free, relaxed, marking this personal space off from all that happens on the outside. The ideal home can be a tree house, a boat on the water, a luxurious villa or a cramped attic. Whichever it is, the domicile represents a privileged place of limited access; every accommodation has a function, every wall – a history. If the walls would all of a sudden become transparent, the stories, conflicts, family history, obsessions, love and anxieties inside would be better understood. The invited artists bring all of this to the surface, like the little puzzle pieces that form a never-finished painting, as it happens in Perec’s novel.
1. Pavel Brăila, Untitled (2017), installation, shelf with homemade preserves, pickled vegetables, dimensions variable, courtesy of Eastwards Prospectus, photo credits: Miluță Flueraș