This small, but intriguing performance video associates thoughts about the wish and need of a certain enclosure …
“But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction – what has that to do with a room of one’s own?”
(first sentence A Room of One’s Own V.Woolf)
Certainly ‘Enclose’ stands for a different urge than Woolf’s address for intellectual space. But still all these single person shelters which appeared over the recent time – even if I extract a certain regressive attitude – make me wonder about the more or less unconciously expressed need to get protection from the invisble infiltration of space in general. Specificly of interest is that none of these objects is really totally enclosing, most of them still allow breathing, have a soft and light shape.
I guess this attitude of being closed away but present and within reach by a ‘knock’ back then, which compares to a ‘signal’ today, made me connect it to ‘a room of one’s own‘. The position of the unnoted observer within todays allover net of tracing and perceiving hardly can be assigned to anyone anymore (eventually Sally Potter’s ‘Yes‘ narrated from the ‘invisible position of a cleaning lady might add some comment here). Thus the sensation of being always part of something bigger undefined might indeed to a certain extend be comparable to the always guarded social position of a woman during Woolf’s time.
(via plsj and others)