Home( )House Project Participants #2

Any place… Temporarily.
Everywhere I sleep or lodge turns into home.
Some were just places, hotels, friends’ apartments, “beach cabinet”… My parents’ house. A few felt better than others yet I never felt home, neither now that I’m on my own.
That feeling went lost a long time ago. I’ll always be searching, looking for a place to prove me wrong, hoping for this constant feeling to go away. Now I know for sure: it’s me.

I have two countries. One I truly know, it’s the place that saw me grow… The other, it’s the place where I was born. For me, the sense of home fades with aging, like a wooden floor, and houses are what’s left when the comfort is gone.

— ARobin, 24, Chicagocropped-hhproject.png

Home( )House Project Participants #1

I dunno… sometimes it’s hard for me to find home, sometimes not. Usually it’s hard. In fact, I’ve come to think it’s this way because I’m indeed looking for it. That is, it’s when I’m not looking for it that I feel most at home in a space, which can be no space in particular really. If I come to realize that I’m in a place that I should derive a feeling of comfort and/or familiarity but don’t, I feel less at home…because I’ve become too aware of what “it” is, I believe.
There are more or less two instances I can remember that point to some type of difference or designation between ideas like “home” and “house,” these are: moving outta the projects I grew up in at age 12 or 13; and, moving to Chicago. Both were outta my control, in theory, and I didn’t understand where I was going or why. Neither, was too strange for too long once I understood that I was…lost. Since then, most houses don’t feel like a home at all even my momma’s, more like spaces with varying degrees of comfort. It’s been annoying. But, I try to remember to forget, or that I don’t have total control, so I can feel at home. Maybe that’s why walking and getting lost were important and valuable for Thoreau and Solnit, they’re more natural and appropriate than anything else.
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    — MMoore, 37, Chicago

Home( )House Project – Call for participants

The Home(  )House Project is looking for opinions.

– How do you experience displacement: the evolving conceptualization of home and house?
– What is a HOUSE / What is a HOME?
– Have you ever visualized home without feeling at home or felt at home without a home existing being there?
– What is in it for you when the transformation, that occur when you travel and grow up, changes your persona? When your home feels like a house and yet your house doesn’t feel like a home?

Participants are invited to produce a paragraph that concerns the topic above described sharing their point of view (experience, feelings and/or thoughts) and to send it to:        homehouseproject@gmail.com

(include general info about yourself: name, age, city.)

Detailed PDF attached below.

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Thoughts Sharing: about home and house – Pedroza

Fragment from Grad Student Lecture:

Today I want to celebrate life, what was experienced, and what could not be lived. Because time was short, because the patience is feeble, the youth disappears today and reemerges again and again in this Mexico. The path of travel and journey is extended, an exchange for change is renewed through the youth who emerge from narrow places, places that you can not imagine, for those who pass by and look for a new place to dream, to those who needed more time to stay, and they won´t and took with them a piece of that insurgency in speech and language to share with those of solid futures. Today I want to celebrate that the world of yesterday is over, it has become, there are more hands, there are more possible worlds, but we just know how to use our eyes. In front of you there is another alternative. I create a fictional life that started on the journey to leave my home house over 18 years ago, that fiction led me to discover that this possible world can be invented by undoing and redoing it until the weave is strong enough to rebuild.

Judith Pedroza – MAVCS 2015