statement house (temporary title)


Kensington Gore, Kensington,
London SW7 2EU

Royal College of Art, London

Statement house (temporary title) was a house built outside the Royal College of Art in London in 2015. It is an attempt at creating a mix between living and writing. To do so, the house is the sum of the building itself, the furniture, the geometric elements indicating the possibility for it to have been shaped differently -plans with displaced bathroom, left-out corners if it had been a square-, and its inhabitants. The constant arranging activity of placing and displacing of these elements in and outside the house is the life of the house, and it is seen as an act of writing, and re-writing.
        Two curators Katie Reynolds and Sophie Oxenbridge inhabited the house for its three months duration. Statement house engaged with poet Tan Lin, remotely from New York, in an extended practice of ‘writing’. Writing is defined here in expansive terms, to include a way of writing with the house’s furniture and parts, and Tan Lin’s daily tweet feed which writes the activity in the house by proposing scenarios, arrangements to be enacted or again, truncated. A twitter address corresponded to each part: @shouseRCA for the two curator, and the artist in the house and @shousetanlin for Tan Lin in New York.

1 The floor plan is the plan

2 The house plans to say what it is

The plan fails, this is the plan

4 The house is linked to another space

5 The house has one entrance and many entries

Tbook shouseRCA & Shousetanlin


Publishing Year

TBOOK / Motto


@shouseRCA and @shousetanlin are two publications issued from the eponymous respective Twitter accounts. Each account was one of the two voices of the statementhouse (temporary title) located at the Royal Colledge of Art in London︎︎︎.
        The house "spoke" in two ways. One was that of the arrangements of texts and ordinary situations that punctuated its daily life through the action of the two curators Sophie Oxenbridge and Katie Reynolds @shouseRCA. The other voice was that of poet Tan Lin, echoing it remotely from New York @shousetanlin.
       The two voices answered and prompted each other.

TBOOK is a fictitious publishing house that proposes to transform a Twitter scroll into a book form.