Guest # 03

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August 13, 2011

Some time ago we decided that our tiny guest room upstairs can be available for both professional and personal reasons alike. Read more about that here. We only ask a small favour in return: a small and personal first impression of the neighbourhood, in relation to our guests’ experiences with projects such as KijkRuimte.

Our third guest was also a Japanese artist: Takayuki Yamamoto. He is known for his projects that cynically portray the peculiarities of social systems and customs by which people are raised, through creative feelings that lie deep in conversations and games among children. He was part of the Artzuid International Sculpture Route. Find out more about Takayuki here.

He was our guest for two weeks. Before he left, he planted a Fuchsia in the KijkRuimte back garden. Fuchsias are popular garden shrubs, and once planted can live for years with a minimal amount of care. A very good choice for a neighbourhood stuck in an ongoing process of gentrification. We like the symbolism. The question that we have is: was Takayuki thinking about the past, present or future state of the neighbourhood? Or was he talking about the people that live here. Or maybe about something else all together? Share your thoughts with us!

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