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The CABANA*
Proposal for Ježevo Motel
Pia Lindman

I believe that people from any part of the world have a sense of space and structures. Traditions may vary, but the idea of a shelter can be shared across cultural borders. Furthermore, I know that many Asians have a close relationship to carpentry. It is not unusual that (especially Asian) immigrants build their own houses in the land they migrate to.

The cabana should be built on the premises of the detention centre, so that anyone of the detainees may visit it. It is a structure that contains some meanings already by itself: metaphorically it is a room for changing and transition. As a space for detainees to visit, it would be a resort, a place in which a detainee may spend a moment in privacy, contemplate, or whatever.

Situations in which the detainees may obtain positive experiences if participating in the piece:

1) those who want to collaborIf this is not insignificant enough, we may build it as a tent.ate in re-designing the cabana will be able to consolidate meaning about their life situation and who they are - and to transmit that meaning to others.

2) those who share the ideas and cultural background of those who re-design the cabana, and experience the piece by simply visiting it, may assert and consider their own identity. In both these cases it is really about self-recognition and self-identification through building traditions. The structure may also communicate something about the experiences of travelling through strange countries, and that may also be shared.

3) those who do not share the background and tradition of those who have re-designed the cabana, may still experience the piece as a space of change, and may share in the ideas about travelling through strange countries. They may consider their identity in comparison to the identities represented by the structure.

How a structure may convey experiences or identities may be quite simple: for instance, in Europe and the US we have a Christmas tradition of making a representation of the stable, where Jesus was born. The spatial organisation of the figures in the legend, the crib, the space, are all familiar for anyone in the Western world. Another spatial/structural organisation that mirrors similar spiritual forces is the Asian altar for family ancestors. That altar, in turn, is very similar to the voodoo related altars in South America. I do not know what the detainees will present in the re-designing process. If I did, I would not need to have the process done. But I think it could be dealing with these kinds of parallels.

Furthermore, I think that the act of building something together is always a socially energising and an optimistic thing to do. Even if the people who do this will not stay. I am hopeful that there will always be one to three detainees in the whole place, that will be intrigued enough to participate - and maybe they may instigate some other ones to participate even if only partially, for instance in the building process. Already then, I feel I would have achieved my goal.

If the management of the detention centre will have problems in approving the building of the cabin, we should negotiate this with them: what requirements would they have for the cabin, so that they may approve it? Visibility or other? I think it is fine to allow this side (surveillance, control) of the detention centre also be expressed in the design. The management needs to know the following: the cabin will be very small, the floor approximately 1,40 meters each side and the height approximately 2,20 meters. It will be a free stand structure that may be transported from one place to another, for instance carried by two to three men.

For the re-design process, the idea of a changing cabin, and the style of a changing cabin, is only a point of departure. The reason for choosing this point of departure is the metaphorical meaning of it: a space for change and transition. The other reason is the cultural hybridity of the cabin (which means that it is reflecting many cultures and is thus partially familiar to possibly everyone in the centre).

* cabin - n. 1346 caban, borrowed from Old French cabane, cabine, meaning hut, cabin; from Old Provencal cabana; from Late Latin capanna, meaning hut. Cabana here in the US mostly means a small house (cabin) by the beach, but it may also refer to a small house, hut, for changing to swim/beach wear. Cabana is here associated with specifically tropical, Latin American or Caribbean, beaches. That is why people here think the word cabana is Spanish, but I am thrilled to see that it is rather deriving from French.


Pia Lindman
Artist based in New York, USA
lindman@voicenet.com






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