2014. “This game will save us if we don’t die young.” - Death From Above 1979.
If the lights are on then someone is home. Through manifold signs of occupation (bins out for collection, shadows in an upstairs window, open and closed gates, cars present or absent) the facade and street reveal the patterns of our lives. In this realm, privacy is the net curtain.
Romantic Rights continues the aims of fiscal autonomy and explores the concept of unity and solidarity through anonymity. It therefore stands against individuation. By concealing family dynamics, the building makes possible alternative subjectivities, ones unsurveilled and non-fungible. It argues for the right to redefine cohabitation (romance) and notions of the “family” beyond commercial identities.