'buren' is a collaborative project of Oshin Albrecht (°1986) and Melissa Mabesoone (°1988).
The term ‘buren’ was found in Heidegger's 'Building, Dwelling, Thinking' in which ‘buren’ falls together with building and living.
What does it mean to nest oneself, to keep a household?
buren functions as a noun and as a verb, as an umbrella term for their practice and as a way of working together.
They research, amongst others, subconscious sensations and desires, ways of dealing with commodity and property, the promise of happiness and a unique identity. How to deal with today's impasse and the possible failure of our good life fantasies? This is expressed in different media such as performance, installation, video and film.
In their performances they combine various modes of language deriving from advertisement, etiquette, talk shows or musicals. They use these forms and create a layered content to showcase both its critical and poetic potential. In their performances they form and transform installations that refer to domestic architecture, creating a constantly changing space;
the scenography is a performance. The materials and objects they choose symbolize the artificiality of how we tend to shape our identities. Buren aims to unmask, scan and affirm this fantasy.
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