FILOXENIA DREAM – Today I´m sleeping on Europa
by Benedikt Bock
(…) I haven´t thought that there are still mattresses with a spiral spring body existing and I immediately find the image of a spiral spring visually very appealing. It has a starting point and then it moves in spiral circles around itself till the end. But the spiral spring as a season of the year is the reverse of something ending. One could say that the winter ends but the period where plants start to bloom, acres change from brown to fresh green, this is the time where skinny thoughts become colorful realisation. It seems that a spiral spring is more likely a process then a fixed piece of steel. (…) I´m expecting no solution of this situation constructed by my peeky customer´s wishes and his negligible supply. But then, out of nowhere, the mattress maker comes up with an idea. He tells that he wants to show me the catalogue, because he has one model in mind which is just a bit harder then the model I tried. We head together to the office and he implies me to sit. I sit. He takes out a cheap looking brochure. Now he is speaking about Europa and I don´t get it at all. I ask if I could hold the catalogue myself to have a closer look, maybe this would help.
On the spread there are five mattresses presented. The photographs show the mattresses cut open like in the vitrine and the five models have names. They are called:
FILOXENIA, DREAM, COMFORT, EUROPA, HARD.
[...] Streets are empty of people. Only cars. Black. Yellow. Orange. Brown. Something like that. Drip- ping Air conditioning systems. Flickering blue shining Window. Cables hanging down, coming out of walls. Damaged pavement. Harsh noise from one or two streets away. Zone B is closed. One seemingly drunken guy on the street coming towards me. I push the lock. Car makes a lock down sound. [...]
The exhibition The Idle Wheel shows a series of ve acrylic on canvas paintings of different hou- ses. Additionally there are six sofa sculptures made of wood, paper and mixed paint techniques. The paintings and the sculptures are presented in an exhibition architecture that is built from alu- minium, drywalls and acrylic paint. Everything is non straight built/painted. The style of the paint- work as well as the sculptures are made in an expressionistic mannor.
The installation takes place outside the house on a terrace. Everything merges into each other. The Idle Wheel is inspired by a sci- like city/scenario. A jazzy version of a postmodernist/utopian vision, outdated and degenerated.