Entirely motivated by practical (aka financial) reasons, as soon as my new house was in a decent state, I listed my guest room on airbnb. My definition of “art” has always been relatively flexible -- if I consider myself to be an artist, then however I navigate through life is inherently artistic -- and I began to think more about bringing travelers into my home as an artistic act; a literal way engaging in dialogue with an audience. How do you create a space that welcomes? Where is the boundary between “stranger” and “known person”?
The start of this work was, of course, to set up a functioning home for hosting guests. Creating a home that was open and neutral enough that most people would find it inviting and comfortable.
This began a study in understanding the needs of visitors to my home and tweaking the details in order to streamline their experiences.
The next layer I’m thinking about it how to capture and represent the host/guest experience. What is at the heart of the host/guest relationship? What elements are tangible? Which are ephemeral? What about it is important?
Is it the topics we discuss together over wine? Is it the written conversation we exchange on a pad of lined paper at the door? My reviews? My written reflections on the visit? How do I capture and record this experience while respecting privacy of guests and not totally freaking people out?