SQM: The Theatre of Everyday Life

SQM is a research into the condition of this unfamiliar space we affectionately call home—a speculative assemblage of fragments of domesticity present and future in the form of an exhibition, The Theatre of Everyday Life. Our values have changed, and the home as we once knew it no longer exists: this project is an invitation to abandon received ideals of domesticity and observe with new eyes the challenges and opportunities for design in our time, thrilling and unpalatable as they may be.

The Theatre of Everyday Life explores contemporary domesticity through historical artefacts, broadcast of contemporary domesticity collected on social media (Home Screen) and original films in an architectural installation along the Rambla at Kortrijk Xpo. It investigates different themes that have shaped domestic life in the post-war era, from the kitchen as a space for political rebellion to the bedroom as a space to be sold, from the home as an engine of financial speculation to a stage set for public broadcast, and more. The exhibition will also include original stories and drawings of 20 significant homes featured in the SQM book.

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Curated by Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi, Tamar Shafrir, Simone Niquille, Martina Muzi)
Design and coordination of the Theatre of Everyday Life: Giulia Finazzi
Photo essay Home Screen: Simone Niquille
Artefacts collection: Martina Muzi, Tamar Shafrir
Visual design: Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)

The structure of the Theatre of Everyday Life was generously provided by Prokoss Mobilrot. Benedetto Zito coordinated its production; the Prokoss team is composed of Roland Gruber, Rita Gjidoda, Sandro Rossi, Mario Folchini, and Massimiliano Bongiorni.

Thanks to Pieter Blondé and Ann Goethals of Chloroform and An Michiels, Joost Vanhecke, Céline Lagae from Biennale Interieur.

With the support of Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium

Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani