Kabine 2

Frank Balves “Kabine” is actually a house inside a house. Its simple shape reminds one of a chapel or a playhouse. Inside the black-plastered house, which stands inside another darkened room there is a mysterious scene which is illuminated by strobe lights: from under the bed, a vast amount of old clothes spills out, which were taken from the estates of deceased individuals. The clothes have been cut to strips, their length resembling the measurement of the small entrance. They build the basis of the 7 paper sculptures, “Kleiderleichen” (clothing corpses) which populate the narrow surrounding space of the house. The viewer is not only animated to have a polysensual experience and an active part in creating the meaning of the installation; he/she also becomes a performative element of the piece when he/she catches a glimpse of the other viewers through the window.