THE SIDE EFFECTS OF DOMESTICATION -
By Priscilla Katz
ONGOING ART PROJECT BY CHRISTOPH ZIEGLER
Vicky's Kitchen. Photo: Loukia Richards
Chaises Plastiques. Photo: Hilmar Prüss
Visual artist Christoph Ziegler explores the relationship between the human body and objects or, more precisely, between man and furniture. His Moebling photo series focuses on the physical and psychological (side) effects of the domestic environment on human existence.
Since 2009, the German sculptor and performer has documented his personal experiences with everyday objects and with the unknown place we call "home."
During the COVID-19 crisis, this place has become the very epicenter of our lives. Forced to stay home, we use our private microcosms in multiple ways: as home office, workout space, kindergarten, workshop, and living room—all at the same time.
Zaimi Hawaii. Photo: Christoph Ziegler
In his self-portraits, Ziegler plays with the—sometimes claustrophobic—characteristics of the private living space, which the artist defines as the utmost intimate place for retreat on the one hand, and a zone for the permanent reproduction of everyday life rituals on the other.
With "Moebling," Ziegler has coined an English adaptation of the German word Moebel, which means "furniture." With sarcastic references to the wellness movement and the ever-expanding culture of self-optimization, Ziegler promotes Moebling as a practice offering a playful approach for "kinetic meditation" at home. The artist's commandment is as simple as this: Turn your sofa, your table, your chairs, carpets, or vacuum cleaner into Moebling tools! His ongoing indoor project features public performances and ephemeral sculptures, as well as improvisational theater staged with everyday objects.
Rebstock Hotel. Photo: Christoph Ziegler