in the middle of.

Tatjana Trouvé, Untitled from the series Intranqillity, 2007

Tatjana Trouvé, Untitled from the Series Intranquillity, 2007

Tatjana Trouvé, Untitled from the series Remanences, 2008


What kind of room is this? In her drawings Tatjana Trouvé exceeds conventional viewing habits and perception of space. What comes along as an architectural drawing on first sight, has to be identified as a non-foreshortening space: vanishing lines move out of place and disturb spacial orders. Classification gets disturbed by inconclusive situations challenging an indoor or outdoor situation.

Excerpt of an interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Tatjana Trouvé,
Published in: Tatiana Trouvé, Djinns, Cneai, Chatou, 2005:

Hans Ulrich Obrist: There’s a ‘magnetic’ side, no? It functions a bit like a magnet, you magnetise the space, you recharge the space… You don’t add any buildings, and you don’t have, strictly speaking, an architectural project, yet all the same there is clearly a reflection on architecture. You explore what’s going on in the “interiority” of buildings.

Tatjana Trouvé: Yes, most of the time, they’re skeletons. I think they have within themselves the thrust of a design, that idea of the project, that formulation of something that is coming into being. I’m interested in what makes gives architecture its life, its central nervous system or soul. I have used canalisation pipes a lot in the most recent polders. The architecture has become a space for electricity, heating and water: it’s what gives it life. Yet these elements are always hidden or camouflaged behind walls. In fact, I’ve created spaces that are x-rays of architecture, which materialise what the eye cannot delimit or define. Mark Z. Danielewski’s story, The House of Leaves, has played an important role for me. You enter and live in a house that proves to be much larger and to contain many more rooms than there appear to be at first glance. Likewise it gives rise to many stories. Everything is understood in terms of space and the space works like a brain that is endlessly modified and altered, in transformation and change…

more texts to be found at Johann König

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