Lieven DE BOECK’s presentation shed light on his experience as a temporary resident of other people’s apartments. Housing was the first publication of his Dictionary of Space.
For 5 years I lived in different friends’ houses for short periods of time, mostly in the same city. The only thing I missed was a fixed storage space for my personal belongings. In the mean time, I learned to give objects away…
During this period I could enact different identities. Living in a certain type of house in a certain type of neighborhood with a certain type of interior gives you an identity. In the end, it was always a game; if the identity didn’t fit me in a particular situation I could always say, ‘It’s not my house’. Vice versa, nobody could get a clear picture of my identity because I had no house of my own.
Since the legal authorities require you to be domiciled, the address of my parental home remained my domicile.
This was my housing experience for five years.”
Lieven De Boeck
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
+43 512 278627