Curator Jes Fernie was invited, as BalinHouseProject’s writer-in-residence, to edit a collection of essays, interviews and recipes and House Taken Over was published in 2019. The book includes an experimental text by Holly Corfield Carr; interviews with Martin Cordiano and Russian theatre director Ada Mukhina about living with art; and texts by Harold Offeh and Lorena Muñoz-Alonso. The book is designed, with a limited edition in black, by Sarah Boris.
Holly’s commissioned text is the short story ‘They Lived Together in One House’, weaving a strange, sad song out of language, family and the Roud Folk Song Index.
In part, the text is haunted by the inside-out logic and bombazine sky of the-mice-on-the-mouse-organ’s poor, old Uncle Feedle and his house in the thirteenth and final episode of the British children’s television programme Bagpuss, originally broadcast on 7 May 1974.
House Taken Over was launched at Matt’s Gallery, London on the 10 January 2019.