The first church on Earth, 2019

The Church as a market in Eindhoven main square.

Rituals are connected to specific places and rooted in
time. Coming from a strictly Catholic country, the
rituals I know are connected to the church space.
Is it possible to eradicate these rituals and separate them from the doctrine that created them?
Can I attract and recreate the sensation of a place, by
keeping everything but the place?

 

I wanted to create a church that could have been named The first church on Earth, a de-institutionalized, de-sacralized space. Core values were maintained as the only requisite: extrapolating rituals from the controlling structures that generated them. The first Church on Earth was activated in three different modalities: a market of unwanted things and thoughts, as a confessional would work; a shelter for political asylum and protection, especially needed in the Netherlands where people in a condition of homelessness cannot occupy public space; and a place for contemplation, which became a vacant Dj-set and meditation space. Going around the city with the structure I built eventually revealed many loopholes in regulations and autonomy: the church-as-shelter would allow those in a condition of homelessness to sleep in the streets without getting fined, opening the possibility of using rituals as political tools.

The Church as a shelter inside of Design Academy Eindhoven

The Church as a shelter inside of Design Academy Eindhoven

The first Church on Earth, Video, 2019