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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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arrival at my new home

arrival at my new home

Last week I moved. It wasn’t a big move for I still live within Amsterdam. I packed my stuff on my bicycle so I didn’t have to ride up and down a lot. To allow for steering, I attached two broomsticks with my clothes horse in between to the handlebar of my bicycle. At the base were two of my speakers and a few big suitcases and to top it off some smaller bags with my duvet etc. Much gaffer tape and rope were crucial to this operation, as well as the kind help of Joel. Unfortunately it started raining before we (clumsily) turned around the corner of my old street and could barely halt before a crossing we headed for racing down the bridge. We were soaked by the time we arrived at my new place, and so was literally all my stuff (happy to say that the speakers still work).

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reading lights on an angle

With a few bare pieces of furniture I’ve had a lovely home for the past three months. I had done little to make it my own place, rearranged the furniture once after a month or so. This was my comfortable seat for relaxing. Since the place was quite dark when I got there, I placed these two lamps on the wall behind my relaxing chair. It looks as if there had been a bookshelf before where the wall held four plugs, two above two others (you can still see the lower ones). The light also has two holes to hang it, but they are next to each other. Just one of the available plugs fitted the lights, hence their angle.

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The one thing I always bring on trips

Going through all the things I have forced me to reconsider their value. I did not automatically take all my most valuable belongings but building a home on the move requires a mix of practically and emotionally valued things which is difficult to define.

This rope is the only thing that I always bring on my trips. I mainly use it to hang my drying clothes, but it also served many other purposes. It held improvised curtains for months in my Stockholm apartment, helped keeping me dry during cold, rainy nights in Austrian forest and prevented my luggage from falling off a truck on a bumpy Burmese road.

It is not their economic value, nor the frequency of use, but maybe it’s about the memories that stick to objects that define their value to a great extent. And memories often come with the unusual, with improvised use. What does open functionality, or the degree of improvisation allowed by a product mean to its value? And to what extent do we need to physically understand these degrees of freedom? For instance, I have used software on my computer to digitally improvise in many cases, yet I do not feel such a strong physical relation to my laptop or the applications it carries, for that matter.

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I missed my spices

I’m still looking for a way to get a healthy diet into my new lifestyle. Since I’m working long days and have to travel quite a bit to get home afterwards, I’ve been eating at work or on the train a lot. We only have a small oven and a microwave to warm things up so dinner often comes down to some takeaway, pizza or microwave meal. When I do cook at home, I am glad to have my spices and sauces in place to turn some fresh ingredients into a decent dinner. Initially I didn’t bring my stock with me, and I was forced to buy all ingredients for each meal, decreasing complexity and diminishing improvisation.

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One practical issue I soon came across when I decided to move around a lot is my stuff. What was I to bring? What physical things do I need around me to live comfortably? Although it is definitely not my aim to try and live as light as possible, it is simply impossible to pack all my belongings and move them every other month or so. Especially given my tendency to gather pieces of wood, fabric, bone, electronics, etc. that might possibly come in handy one day.

And so I decided to map my belongings.

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