Asocialen - Private Prophesy - Detox

Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL, 2012

Asocialen-Private Prophesy-Detox was a sculpture and happening on an abandoned camp site in Diepenheim. On a clearing surrounded by tall trees a temporary house was constructed out of loam, osier and straw mounted on a frame of repurposed material such as discarded bicycle frames and shopping carts. This pieced together framework remained visible through the skin of loam, which covered it and protected the interior to some degree from the elements. The hut became a place of shelter and retreat, Behind the ‘house’ in the backyard we dug a kidney shaped pool that was designed to function as a curative mud spa, - a social hub and detox center: a place to relax while purging the skin of impurities.

The frieze above and beside the entrance of the hut was inspired by decorative architectural ornaments found on the facades of early 20th century Dutch social housing. Like the original Amsterdam School’s friezes, it referenced socialistic ideals of welfare, labour and progress. This temporary structure made of mud functioned as a provisional monument intended to disintegrate –over time through exposure to the elements.

On a wooden billboard set in front of the hut a sign was erected advertising a “30 Minute Rave” scheduled for 27th of May 2012. Local people and friends gathered on the site at the appointed time. The rave was an orchestrated dance ritual designed to induce an altered state of consciousness by means of controlled breathing and repetitive movements.

On four locations on the land surrounding the structure, signs with the words “Private Prophesy”-“No Excess “were placed to secure a boundary around the transformative ritual. On the wall of the hut next to the interior campfire a neon light-box containing ergot was installed, radiating blue light, visible at night through the open door.

Asocialen - Private Prophesy - Detox was part of Now I Lay Me Down To Eat, curated by Theo Tegelaers.
Photography by Paulien Oltheten and Ranu We.