Self-built house used to be the mainstream house mode for living in China. With the advancement of urbanization, increasing trend of land shortage, and soaring commercial housing prices, self-built house may soon diminish due to rapid urbanization, financial commercialization, and the power of politics and capital.
In Xiamen ,a high-price-housing city, the last batch of local peasant class use the lowest cost to purse their most primitive desire of residential space. Their self-built houses rise from the level ground like the weeds to barbarically grows in the cracks of the huge new tower blocks.In such a city with soaring housing price, only a small number of people are the lucky owner of the Self-built house. Most of citizens are busy and struggle with work aiming to settle down in this city, paying the high housing fund or rent but with the relatively limited interior space. The cost performance is far less than self-build house.
The artist, Jin Jing, invented a manual installation device with the function of stamping. Besides, she visited a master worker with over 30 years’experience of constructing self-built house and asked him to design several frequently seen models of self-built houses. Jin Jing separated these models into several individual elements and made them into picture puzzles. The audience can select the picture puzzle with the self-built house elements they like and use this machine to stamp a self-built house pattern belonging to themselves.
No matter you are a house owner or you have no house, the artist hope this simple copying process will comfort you when you get the stamped house.
The screenshots from the documentary
the stamp installation and the interaction
机器使用说明. Machine Operation Instructions
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