voyage around my room
The origin of Voyage Around My Room was Becky Beasley’s interest in Casa Mollino, an apartment in Turin which Carlo Mollino, a Turinese architect, designer and photographer, bought in 1960 and spent the remaining years of his life decorating. He never lived in the apartment; it was intended as a kind of afterlife tomb. For Beasley, the apartment offered a very rich, three-dimensional space through which to think more deeply about her existing interests in photography, colour and interiors.
Voyage Around My Room is a book which Mollino knew and appreciated. Its precocious self-reflexivity and unpredictability, reminiscent of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, would clearly have appealed to Mollino’s own flamboyant literary style. Its use of deviation produces a fragmentary reading experience in which the ‘qualities of consciousness are recessive, and operate in flashes, in explosions of insight.
This curated exhibition explored these explosions of insights and provided a generous context in which the boundaries of all of the works included became elaborated and expanded. The room is of course a very human construction. Voyage Around My Room was intended as an experience through which the possibilities of these spaces were explored.