Removing Dust Covers
ONE WEEK ABOUT Arnhemse Nieuwe 2022
Commissioned by Ontwerp Platform, a professional, Arnhem-based jury has selected the best graduates of ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design every year since 2006. This year this jury consists of Floris Schoonderbeek, Mark Kuiper, Diederik Verbakel and Oscar van Leest. Today we present Tofe Al-Obaidi, graduated ArtEZ bachelor Graphic Design.
Removing Dust Covers is an installation aimed at people who can’t return to their homes. The title is a reference to the habit of people covering their furniture with dust covers before they leave their home for a long period of time, to preserve it while they are away. Not being able to revisit my childhood home means that this place only exists in my memory and that I will never be able to remove those dust covers.
In my work, I try to find out to what extent we can use today’s technology to reconstruct someone’s memories. Memories are locked inside the complexity of the brain and are to this day intangible to any other person than yourself. With my work, I try to make these memories tangible in such a way that I can invite people into my home. To do this I use computer-generated imagery to reconstruct and visualise parts of my memory and integrate that on a physical set that represents my childhood room. This space is the centre point of my memory of home, but it also potentially serves the viewer a key to their memory of home.
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