Does space always need to be built? Can you just hum a window? Whistle a door? A Day is a Hundred Years is a temporary garden made of light sketches, quick builds and short poems that seek to remember and pass on experience.
"A few years ago, I happened to meet a man restoring the city. I spoke to him while he was replacing a vandalised swing. He took me to the warehouse full of spare parts he uses to patch up public spaces. Since then, I have run into him everywhere. In subways and parks and even in other cities, I see his work." Jozef Wouters
The Japanese book Sakuteiki, Visions of the secret garden is almost a thousand years old. It compiles knowledge and experience, passed down orally for centuries, on the construction of gardens in the Heian era. "Follow your first idea/ and then/ for all that flows out of that/ follow your heart". Yet it is not a manual. Instead of sketches and diagrams, the book contains only text: stories, poems and mystical instructions on how to ward off dragons, tigers and ghosts.
With A Day is a Hundred Years, Jozef Wouters continues to build on this book. At Decoratelier in Molenbeek, together with technicians, musicians and poets, he gives shape to a world of fragile structures consisting mainly of care and devotion. Does space always have to be built? Can you just hum a window? Whistle a door? A Day is a Hundred Years is a temporary garden made of light sketches, quick constructions and short poems that seek to remember and pass on experience.
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