House for Hull – with David Connor.
Our project for Hull’s City of Culture 2017 is a house. Not just any house – a galvanised steel, 2 storey house.
This will provide 2 spaces for events: One above – a consciously domestic space, and one under the house that is a flexible event or studio space that can be opened up to be part of the public realm, or be more contained – depending on the occupation of the building and the events that will be curated there.
The House for Hull we be constructed entirely from galvanised steel, using the same panels and technology as the water towers that exist in the north eastern landscapes around Hull.
Occupants for the House for Hull will apply to do a residency in the house – on the condition that they ‘host’ members of the public at specified times each day. A pink cuckoo clock will announce to the public when they can enter the ‘domestic’ space. Their residency will be a performance that is constantly visible to the public. Outside specified visiting hours, there is public viewing from a galvanised steel platform that runs the length of the building.
The space below is more flexible. It can either be used as part of the curation of the upper floor – or independently as a space that can open up completely from both sides into the public realm, and can host public events as part of the 2017 Hull City of Culture programme.
The residency of each occupant will be an art project. Temporary residents may include homeless people, redundant industrial workers, or artists. Anyone, in fact, that can state a convincing case for what they can offer – and also, on the condition that they welcome members of the public twice a day, and allow public viewing from the platform outside. They will bring their own furniture for the duration of their stay, so that the interior occupation reflects the resident.