statement house (temporary title)

statement house RCA_04

statement house (temporary title) is open until 4 May, with inhabitants engaged in an expanded practice of ‘writing the house’. Opening hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm.

statement house (temporary title) is an ambitious project by Berlin-based French artist Jean-Pascal Flavien. Located outside the Royal College of Art’s main entrance, statement house (temporary title) is the artist’s first commission of this kind in the UK and continues his international series of houses for living and working. These houses are also platforms for the development of works in a range of other mediums, such as drawing, film, performance and book publishing. To date, Flavien has built four houses:breathing house; in Pogues-les-Eaux (2012); two person house, in São Paulo (2010-2 011); no drama house, in Berlin (2009-2 012); and viewer, in Rio De Janeiro (2007- 2009). Another house will open in Monaco later this year.

statement house (temporary title)  began as an exhibition at Galerie Catherine Bastide, in January 2014, Rose! The House is the Plan!  There, Flavien exhibited hanging ‘floorplans’ which have now moved onto another stage of development in the form of statement house (temporary title). This house remains a ‘plan’ for a house and includes in its design elements that highlight its contingency, such as a circular indentation in the floor marking where the bathroom could have been. Another set of hanging plans – each slight variations of the structure’s present floorplan – as well as cutouts and truncated corners (geometrical remnants of these failed plans) are also present in the space. These evidence the process of the house’s making, what it is, what it might have been, and what it can still become.

Over its two-month duration, statement house (temporary title) will engage poet Tan Lin in an expanded practice of ‘writing’. This includes writing with the house’s furniture and wooden plans, which are placed and rearranged inside and around the house, as well as in the adjacent exhibition space (until 22 March 2015). Tan Lin will inhabit the house remotely from New York using Twitter to send lines of poetry and short scenarios to be enacted by the house’s temporary inhabitants.

Please check the following platforms to stay up to date with the project:  for writer in residence, Tan Lin’s, lines of poetry and scenarios, which will inform the activity inside the house. for shared documentation of arrangements of objects and texts by the inhabitants of the house.


Talks and Events:

Saturday 7 March: 14.00 Artist’s talk by Jean-Pascal Flavien


Writers in Residence:

Wednesday 4 March – Monday 4 May: Tan Lin

Thursday 5 March – Monday 4 May: Sophie Oxenbridge and Katherine Reynolds

Friday 6 March – Monday 9 March: Jean-Pascal Flavien

Please check this page periodically for an extended schedule of writers in residence, as the project develops.


Jean-Pascal Flavien was born in France in 1971. He lives and works in Berlin. Flavien’s work combines architectural experiment with other medias. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions amongst others at Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin; Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin; South London Gallery, London, Centre d’Art Contemporain du Parc Saint Léger (Fr); Kunstverein Langenhagen (De); Capacete, Rio de Janeiro; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart (Fr), and in group shows including among others, Kunsthaus Bregenz, MUSAC Leon (Sp); Witte de With, Rotterdam; Tate Modern, London; Villa Arson, Nice; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Biennale de Lyon, São Paulo Bienale. JeanP ascal Flavien is represented by Galerie Catherine Bastide in Bruxelles, and Galerie Esther Schipper in Berlin. He is currently preparing the construction of the folding house a t Nouveau Museé National de Monaco (NMNM) in Monaco for 2015.

Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath, 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004, and The Joy of Cooking (2010). His work has appeared in journals like Conjunctions, Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, and Purple. His video, theatrical and LCD work have been shown at Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), Ontological Hysterical Theatre, and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Soundcheck Series. Lin is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004/2005 and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant. He is currently teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.