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a participatory project and archive, 2022
A collaborated project with Thomas Jacques
Archive of house drawings, table, chairs, screens, archival material

“One of My First drawings that I can remember is one of a white house, a free standing house in a green meadow. The house

was rather symmetrical with two windows and a door in the middle, smoke coming out of the chimney.

I can't remember if there was a tree next to it or if the sky was blue or if I drew a sun in one of the corners.

The strangest thing about it, was that we didn't live in a free standing white house, nor was it symmetrical. Somehow this

archetypical house form found his way into my head. But where did it come from? And how did it infiltrate my head?”

uit: Je ne suis pas rentré,

An essay on the boundaries of domestic space.

written by Jonas Vansteenkiste


Very early in a person's life we learn about the concept of a house. They show up early in children's drawings.

Houses protect us from the cold, the heat and other possible dangers. We need some kind of

basic security to be able to sleep. It is a universal concept, and yet everyone has a different

conceptualization of it in his mind, as evidenced by the wide variety of houses in the world.

It is a universal desire that also came under pressure during corona in the last 3 Years.

The house and our relationship to the concept and the feelings around it may have changed to the very foundation.

With the project 'Draw me a house' the artists Jonas Vansteenkiste and Thomas Jacques want to gather a collection of

drawings in order to compile an archive of houses. Together they are investigating how houses

can be classified.

What do the houses tell us?

How can we read them?

How do different people react to the concept of house?

Does an inmate visualize a house differently than a free citizen?

Does an accountant look differently than an artist?

Is this image and desire of a house nature or nurture and where does this

interpretation of this image start?


'Draw me a house' is a participatory project in which anyone can participate. 

The assignment is simple; draw us a house and fill in a short questionnaire. All submitted drawings and answers will become part of the

research project, which will find its form in an installation with accompanying video. 

The installation will be used again and again to collect new drawings, so the project will evolve over time, and our search for the meaning of the "original house" will continue.

meaning of the 'archetypal house'.



Participate with your drawing!



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special thx to: Mieke Vandecandelaere,team Schouwburg Kortrijk, Bram Boris Vanackere,  Lorie Ballage, Oda Tungodden,Maarten Degezelle, Vincent Coomans,  Anna König Vlk, team: grote post Oostende and all the people who drew a house!

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