HOUSING PROBLEMS

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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