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Couple to live in glass house


Apr 12, 2007
Couple to live in glass house


A man and a woman in China are living in a glass house for a month in a work of performance art.

“My wife and I are to live like a couple in this glass house for one month without going out,” the man said. “I’m trying to express my views on the relations of couples in modern society, which seem transparent, but are blocked or separated by an unseen wall.”

The house, at Beijing’s 798 Factory modern art gallery, is an all glass 12-square-metre two-room cell which allows visitors to see everything the ‘couple’ do.

It is divided into two cells by a glass wall, the ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ each occupying a room without communicating. Organiser Mr Huang added: “The doors have been sealed. At the corner of each cell, there is a small hole, which allows them to receive supplies, like water and food, from the outside.”

The toilet in each room is a corner surrounded by a pink curtain, and all the waste is to be collected in plastic bags and sent out through the holes. “If they need to have a shower, we’ll put a hose through the hole,” says Mr Huang. The ‘couple’ are keeping diaries and hope to publish a book on their experience. ananova

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