Room with windows
(1888 - 2020)
Installation with lightbox, textile wallpaper, framed photograph
Various dimensions

The spread of epidemic disease in the inner cities of the 19th-century required a new design of public buildings, including school architecture. There were administrative guidelines for the number of square meters of space per child, as well as the number of cubic meters of fresh air.

For that reason, the large windows were designed to be high and rectangular in order to provide as much light as possible (to kill bacteria) and the top windows were kept open to provide constant circulation of fresh air (preventing the diseases that were expected to be airborne).

Students in schools were commonly evacuated every three hours during a school day, so that the building could completely restore itself with fresh air. The window design and preventive practices are evidence of an interpretation of human biology and administration. The building’s fenestration (the arrangement of windows) also combines aesthetics and fear.

Room with windows (1888-2020) is part of the solo-exhibition
This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below,

FOTODOK & Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons,
Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht (NL)
06.03.20 - 14.06.20

Los Angeles, Calif.