Glass House Experiment: Casa de Vidrio

Glass House Experiment: Casa de Vidrio

Regina Yunghans
May 13, 2009

Do any of you remember Chile's Casa de Vidrio back in 2000? While it was over nine years ago, we still find the whole thing a bit bewildering. Chilean actress Daniella Tobar agreed to live in a 12-square-meter all-glass house, in full public view, right in the middle of the capital city of Santiago. After just two weeks of carrying on her normal daily routines in this setting, she had to call it quits...

Crowds gathered: some gawked, others protested. It seems the installation, funded by Chile's National Fund for the Development of the Arts, answered (or at least asked) some crucial questions: What is the public's opinion of the right to privacy? Where is the boundary between public and private? Much of the conservative nation reacted with outrage at an individual carrying out their private daily life in full public view.

We saw in this video that public attention waned when Tobar was replaced with a male inhabitant. What more does this say about home life and privacy?

How would this project differ today, with the prevalence of Facebook and other networks that didn't even exist nine years ago?

(Images: Jorge Christie)

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