L’Image Habitable (The Livable Image) - Version D
imaginary constructs

Andrea Zittel (www.zittel.org)

            Centre for Contemporary Images

Everything started back in 1992 when a colleague asked Andrea Zittel to lay out a new life for him. Zittel questioned him about his habits in matters of dress, sleep, meals, work, exercise. She then proposed a new haircut, new wardrobe, new way of eating, new environment. She furnished him with a dozen trash bags so that he could rid himself of exactly one hundred objects. Since then Zittel has devoted herself to examining the most banal aspects of daily life in order to profoundly question them.

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Andrea Zittel, Pocket Properties, 2001

Zittel’s Pocket Property is a 44-ton island made up of fiberglass panels attached to a steel skeleton whose form is arbitrary and uncertain. Here “land” is a house. Zittel settled into this floating house to live there for a time and shot a film of the experience, a kind of watered-down version of her stay and pseudo-documentary. Andrea Zittel: «This Pocket Property functions both as a prototype for a livable habitat, ans as an investigation into the human need for private property. It is not a natural piece of land, nor is it a house nor is it a vehicle - and yet it functions as all three of these. It is aportable and habitable proerty - a special area in the earth’s surface which has the potential to create the sensations of security, stability and belonging.»

«Since moving back to my own home culture in the california suburbs, i have become increasingly aware of how land is «packaged» as a consumable product. Pocket Properties are another consumable land product available in infinite repetition just like cars off an assembly line. I msut confess that it is my ultimate fantasy to set the work adrift on the sea so taht at the end of our project it may become yet another part of the earth’s geography.»

« I want to show people that it is possible to become your own expert, to try to create your own experiments and to undersatnd the world in your own way.»

Lives and works in New York.
Andrea Zittel’s work has been the subject of several solo shows in 2002, at the Gallery Side 2 in Tokyo, the Philomene Magers Projekte in Munich, the Regen Projects in Los Angeles and the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, the gallery that represents the artist. Mr. Zittel has also been featured this year at Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst as part of the show “Passenger: The Viewer as Participant,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (“Tempo”) and at the Kunsthaus Zurich (“Public Affairs”).