Sandra of the Tuliphouse or How to Live in a Free State
The exhibition "Sandra of the Tuliphouse or How to Live in a Free State" by Joachim Koester and Matthew Buckingham was shown 17 March - 20 May 2001
Matthew Buckingham (b. 1963) and Joachim Koester’s (b. 1962) video installation "Sandra of the Tuliphouse or How to Live in a Free State" starts out from Christiania in Copenhagen.
The History is told through Sandra, the fictitious central figure. One summer she settles in the Tuliphouse Christiania and out of curiosity starts exploring the area, the former use, her neighbours, the surrounding city and the nation which today houses the Free Town. Everything is mixed to form a vast, intertwined – almost membrane-like – structure in which different ways of constructing history are mediated through the subjectivity of Sandra.
The installation consists of five large video projections. As observers we see Sandra in various situations. Sandra’s voice – describing and explaining the things she experiences, events she remembers and meanings she constructs – accompanies the video images in the form of a voiceover monologue.