A collective investigates contemporary forms of housing

I'd Rather Be Outside


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3D printed concrete elements appear at the Museumplein to form a landscape of outdoor rooms. With their installation I’d Rather Be Outside the art collective åyr engages simultaneously with the promises of the construction industry and the conflicts of contemporary housing. åyr collaborated with graphic designer Fabian Harb to develop a printable font and commissioned the New York based curator Harry Burke to select excerpts from poems by Joan Larkin, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Carry van Bruggen, Sophie Collins and Bhanu Kapil. åyr has also invited Martha Rosler to exhibit the work ‘Housing Is a Human Right’, a billboard animation first installed in Times Square in 1989, commenting on the steep rise of homelessness in the United States. 

åyr was founded in London in 2014 on the occasion of their exhibition AIRBNB Pavilion. In their work they investigate evolution of ownership, privacy and sharing in the domestic space – they have exhibited inside houses rented on online sharing platforms and used beds as public furniture. This new work on Museumplein was commissioned by Holland Festival and Stedelijk Museum.

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