This piece borrows its title from Susan Bernstein's
critical work, Housing Problems: writing and architecture in Goethe, Walpole, and Freud
, in which
she wrote "The building cannot quite contain the experience of it; the very inscription of initiation
points to an edge beyond itself, a falling-off into an uncharted priority or shadow-exterior."
The text engages with Bernstein's analyses and navigates the space of an imagined house, a
grand castle in the style of Gilded Age mansions, and attempts to create the experience of
encountering narrow hallways, a gradual exposure of crowded rooms. It borrows structural elements from
Susan Sontag's Unguided Tour
in an effort to investigate the inscribed surface of the house, invoking the texture of domestic space through language and image.
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