Denise Bertschi

The Immobile House

The Immobile House

The Immobile House

The Immobile House

Switzerland is a house, while the rest of Europe is represeneted as a living creatures.

In the collection of the V&A in London is a hand-drawn lithographic map, which was produced in 1870 by the FrenchThe cartoonist Paul Hadol: "Satirical print depicting a map of Europe, in which the countries are formed from national figures will be. All-powerful Russia, which includes all German states, is expanding in all directions, with one hand firmly placed on Holland and Belgium. With one knee she crushes Austria. With the other, she threatens to push against the French border; France desperately rejects her. "I'm going to go back to the same place." (Description on the online V&A collection, object E.366-1962).

The aspect on the map that I am very surprised about is the fact that all the countries shown are are a figure, animal or human-like figures. Only Switzerland is an exception: it will be represented as a house, a very simple, typical mountain house with roof. The house that stands immobile in the middle of a lot of movement. The windowless house, the house, a protection against the outside world, the house that does not play an active role with its own character but an architecture of security, a place of sleep, of protection?The oversized map is presented on a space-filling tex-tile, but without the name of the country, which is makes direct interpretation as a map of Europe difficult

Year: 2017 Exhibition: One Gee in Fog, Geneva