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I have been tracking my location over the past year. I’m curious to see how my mobility patterns are influenced by liquid Living. This map shows my whereabouts during the two months I lived in Rotterdam.

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I have been tracking my location over the past year. I’m curious to see how my mobility patterns are influenced by liquid Living. This map shows my whereabouts during the two weeks in between my second and third base camps.

Four cities clearly stand out. The place I work, the place I used to live, the place I was going to live next and my hometown, the place I grew up. Without a house of my own, I returned to stay at some of my old friends and my parents.

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I have been tracking my location over the past year. I’m curious to see how my mobility patterns are influenced by liquid Living. This map shows my whereabouts during the four months in my second base camp.

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I have been tracking my location over the past year. I’m curious to see how my mobility patterns are influenced by liquid Living. This map shows my whereabouts during the first three months as a liquid living.

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into the new city

into the new city

After nearly three weeks without a basecamp, I am settling in Rotterdam for the next two months. A city which is still rather new to me. Going into my first weekend I truly feel the sharp excitement of traveling my own country. Liquid Living is great fun!

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The stuff I want around in my living room: books, clutter and electronics (light and sound)

The stuff I want around in my living room: books, clutter and electronics (light and sound)

This is the case of my living room, it holds my stuff that I want extending the rooms I live in. On my last move however, its handle broke after only ten meters and the large case turned out to be quite a burden without it. Future cases should be smaller, I can easily split it up into a book-case, a clutter-case and one for electronics.

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Mapping Journey by Bouchra Khalili

Mapping Journey by Bouchra Khalili

This is the last week to visit Imagined Places, a temporary exhibition at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam (until april 14th).

In Imagined Places five artists portray a world where people are constantly on the move in search of a better life or a new home. They leave a country behind them but also take it with them in their memories. So the lives of all these people on the move are determined by their bond with several places. Official migration policy is based on country borders, national identity and a fixed place where someone actually belongs. Their lives are spent, however, between different lifeworlds: the here and now of where they are, the country they came from, and the place they are going to or would like to return to. All these places are real but they also exist as inner worlds: in memories, fantasies and yearnings. The artworks in Imagined Places depict these inner worlds that are sometimes at odds with reality. 

One series of videos I found particularly interesting was ‘The mapping journey’ by Bouchra Khalili in which immigrants that moved to Europe marked their journey there as they told stories of the several places they had crossed. It was harsh to see how often these trips involved periods in detention centres, life-taking boat trips, illegal jobs, extortionists etc. Liquid life is quite a different thing to those born on the other side of the European border, and this work sheds a different light on the correlation between freedom and insecurity.

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…or so they say. I need to get out of my current house within two days and haven’t found anything new yet. It is a strange feeling, stronger than I imagined. Many friends have told me I can stay in their places if I wanted to, and sleep over for a night or two. I’m not actually scared that I’ll end up in the cold outside one night, and yet I feel a strange anxiety. For the first time since I started this project my insecurity seems to overrule my freedom, and I can now somehow imagine how it can drive people. How they might drop their level of expectation out of despair. I haven’t been actively on the hunt for housing and now housing seems to hunt me. Maybe I am a nomad after all.

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The area in which I am looking to live

The area in which I am looking to live

Looking for my next place to stay, I used this interactive map by dutch broadcasters VPRO, made for their 2012 television show ‘Nederland van Boven’ to calculate in what area of the Netherlands I could live when I want to stay within two hours of my Eindhoven based workplace and only use public transport to get there.

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address unknown

address unknown

There are several reasons for this project, several questions I hope to answer. On some levels it might be separate projects, on others they merge.

It’s travelling my own country: I missed the excitement of new places and people.
It’s a research project: how do we avoid superficiality in a future which changes ever faster?
It’s a personal search: what do I find important in the place I live, the people I live with?

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