What is home? What is being at home? What is being away from home?
With the current pandemic environment, ‘Stay at Home’ has come to be a common term around the globe. At the same time, it has questioned our habits and way of living, embodying both a comfortable and a “forced” sensation. In order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, people have been asked to stay home except for essential tasks. In this truncated existence, we have had to reacquaint ourselves with our homes and its structures, and its physical and functional aspects. It is not only a space for shelter, but now it is also an office, a classroom, an exercise studio, a playground, amongst other features. It has become a space where we feel protected but also confined from others, where physical contact is restricted but where the virtual world has expanded. Homes used to be spaces where people would escape to but with the lockdowns, people have also experienced the desire to escape from home.
Home is more than a place. It’s a concept, an idea, a memory, an imagination. A non-physical and barrierless concept, which embodies a space that is identified as “home”: it is our neighbourhood, our city, our country or the globe itself. Yet, the pandemic has restricted us to move within this space, depriving us from or transforming the sense of home. This has also changed the boundaries of home, the opportunities for encounter, dialogue, reflection, and creation.
So, what is home? What does ‘being at home’ mean? And what does ‘being away from home’ mean? Are new ideas/emotions of home emerging? Are people envisioning different kinds of realities and homes? What makes such homes, who could be the inhabitants and what all might happen there? Will the pre-pandemic world have a space in that imagination or is it an emerging hybrid reality? We welcome your ideas of home and their possible artistic treatments through your participation in this residency.