Video Upload Date: 2011-12-04 14:00:33
Video Duration: 84
The Living Room depicts the interior of a typical Dutch type of terraced housing called ‘doorzonwoning’ (literally sun-through-house), which became the most popular type of social housing in the seventies and eighties. The characteristic living room stretches from the front of the house all the way to the back. Two large windowpanes on either end connect it with the front and back yard, allowing the sun to enter freely. The private atmosphere of the living room is disturbed by the unexpected presence of a large oak tree. Close-ups of different kinds of furniture, potted plants, souvenirs and other personal belongings are carefully depicted. The quiet atmosphere is breached when the large oak tree enters the room, rearranging the interior in a destructive manner. The Living Room thus confronts the viewer with the impact this has to both tree and home, raising questions about their meaning and symbolism within Western culture.