project combining 60 art-acts executed in 60 Amsterdam hotels.
Starting 1 January 2000 Zwierzyñska travelled within the
hotel-world (1 hotel per day-and-night) and for two months she
gathered image- and text-material originating from these hotels
documenting her day-to-day experiences. This included the involvement
of hotel-guests, the staff, the rooms and often ‘back-door’ entrances.
The regular hotel experiences ran parallel to art-related happenings,
numerous collaborations, small-scale publications, etc. Consequently
HOMETEL became a series of intense performances, closely linked
and followed by the media. The complete process was shown through
a daily Internet broadcast, which changed through the project’s
progress according to the daily needs and the public’s response,
as well as a weekly column in ‘de Volkskrant’ (self
written and freely designed).
Some of the happenings did not work out as planned, and others
turned out to be bigger-than-life experiences. Most were open to
the public, e.g.:
- Hotel Tulip Inn housed a lecture on ‘The Love For Photography’ by
performer Nel Berger, followed by a photo-exhibition compiled by
Zwierzyñska, which included Holland’s leading photographers
and their single, most favourite works.
- Improvised in the Fresco Room of Hotel Arena the ‘Hometel
Cinema’ did a screening of the Dutch low budget and highly
acclaimed “Fl.19,99”, a film about a high-class hotel
and its guests at the brink of the millennium. After the screening
the temporary cinema was quickly transformed back into a dance-venue
by the film viewers.
- Hotel Seven-One-Seven’s library featured the ‘Poetry
Evening’ and artist, graphic designer and poet Melle Hammer
with his freshly written bundle of poems. To commemorate the reading
he added the unique copy of the verse to the library’s collection.
- As the 1st guest of the not yet opened Lloyd Hotel Zwierzyñska
projected slides of empty interiors and created ‘perfect’ rooms
in completely empty spaces. Placing herself in these imaginary
hotel-rooms she interacted with the images, which resulted in an
illusive photo-series and video.
- ‘Sport Day’ at Hotel Vondel - an organized jogging
session with a fitness instructor, fully documented by a photographing
and jogging reporter, filmed by Zwierzyñska.
- Hotel Trianon was base to a ‘Copy Day’ and featured
Zwierzyñska in the hotel lobby copying the right hands of
literally all the hotels guests, complete with their names and
HOMETEL resulted in a ‘dummy’ publication called “Trip”,
an atmospheric travelogue through the different hotel interiors.
The book shows impressions of lonesome rooms and chaotic image-rich
experiences sealing the glamorous and kitsch full-colour photocopies
in a soft-cushioned cover.