This Back Space is a performative walk through a disused high school building for twelve visitors per hour. People enter an abandoned building on the verge of demolition, one at a time. Twelve metronomes are placed at points throughout the premises, to give visitors an indication of their varying walking tempo. When the walkers reach a metronome, they stop it, and look around in silence; a fragment of sky through one of the broken skylights, a dark cellar and the presence of the ventilation system. When they resume their route and set the metronome running again, the building fills with the sound of time, ticking away.
“For this project I tried to make the space itself become the performer. It was a building that was no longer being used for its original, clearly evident purpose. Which made it easier to see the spaces in a more abstract way, in the knowledge that the building wouldn’t be in this state of indefinability for long.”
Breg Horemans, SCHUNCK