Taeg Nishimoto

PLOT House, 1992

The PLOT Houses, or “Houses of the intrigue”, are a set of proposals for dwellings offering multiple scenarios in which multiple uses are associated with the fixed structures. Taeg Nishimoto materializes these uses in the form of detailed panels enabling every inhabitant to build his own living scenario utilizing wires and tacks to link the elements. These houses were developed over three projects: PLOT House (1992), PLOT House(s) (1993), and PLOT(ed) House (1995).

The first proposal is “a direct response to the way in which contemporary physical objects are perceived on specific occasions. Each probable object is placed in a particular situation that functions within the story as a whole as an independent plot to be read simultaneously” (Taeg Nishimoto). In the model, the objects seem to invade the space of the house. Clothes are hanging on one of the terraces of the upper floor, and two black garbage bags have been placed on the exterior. On the double panel that goes with this model, Taeg Nishimoto borrows the title of a famous work by Richard Hamilton, Just What is it that Makes Today’s Homes so Different, so Appealing? This collage dating from 1956 celebrates the then quite new consumer society by representing the interior of the very modern home, with a couple of top models utilizing the latest home appliances. Forty years later, and with today’s households virtually drowning from consumerism, Taeg Nishimoto is suggesting that we undertake a complete rethink of our relationship to the object.

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