the House of the Inhabitant Who Refused to Participate
The house is composed of four major elements: the house itself, twelve cells suspended from a wall facing onto a piazza, a stone tower; a deep hole in the campo; and a set of bleachers. Eleven of the twelve cells of the house contain functional apparatus. The twelfth cell, number 7, is empty. Hejduk describes the relationship of the pieces.
At the exact level of the Participant of Refusal’s empty cell there is affixed upon the campo tower a mirror, the precise elevation size of the opposite cell. When the inhabitant of the house stands in his empty room he simply reflects himself upon the mirror of the opposite tower.Any citizen is permitted to climb the ladder and enter the stone tower. Once in the tower the citizen can see the lone inhabitant across the campo within his cell. The citizen can observe without being observed.There is only one risk for the hidden observer. Another citizen may release the overhead tower door consequently enclosing within the tower the citizen observer.
The nature theater of John Hejduk by Edward Mitchell