Sunday, May 23, 2010

Toilets of Catalunya

toilet from Barcelona apartment rental wesbsite

ditto above

Two foreigners from the Americas arrive in Barcelona and start to look at online apartment listings.  

They notice a relatively strong emphasis on photos of bathrooms and, more specifically, toilets.  If there were only two photos of the apartment, one of them would be of the bathroom.

They eventually moved into a very nice new house. 

 The first night they noticed that the toilets 
                 wobbled.  They were not securely attached to the floor.  

When they mentioned the wobble to the landlord, he explained that they were loose for the same reason he had not installed light fixtures: 
the eventual buyers of the house would of course want to put in their own choice of toilets. 

 The two foreigners noticed the landlord had extra-round, high-design toilets in his house. 

Their new Catalan friends explained that por supuesto bathrooms were extremely important as a site for contemplation and relaxation.  People would reject or desire a house based on its bathrooms.

gotta love the bidets

I downloaded many bathroom photos from various real estate websites and printed twenty-four, one for each hour of the day. 

 I framed and exhibited them as part of the Des de Fora exhibition.

yes, this is an advertisement for this bathroom

orange tile is known to increase the effects of caffeine ten-fold


THROW!  a video.
Duration:  4:15
Contents:  clips from my recent video archives all including the act of moving something with force - 
throwing, swallowing, dumping
pills, rocks, paint, my body, stockings filled with sand, water, papayas

view at:  THROW!


  Lost in time and space, aware that you are lost, but unable to find anchors to hold onto.  

In February 2010 I visited my family in San Diego.  My grandmother had just been moved out there from New Jersey, from the house where she had spent over 60 years.

Where am I?
What am I doing here?
And what happened to my teeth.  Do you know?

A video consisting solely of the moments in a visit when she repeats these questions.  

available on YouTube at  Stuck