(Germany 05 Apr 1969 – )
11 x 4 m
Dark eerie spaces, dimly lit rooms and narrow passages leading to dead ends make up this immersive installation, which contrasts starkly with the bright gallery around it.
The artwork is a partial reconstruction of 'Totes Haus U R (Dead house)', a residential apartment block in Rheydt, Germany, which Schneider has transformed in an ongoing artistic project. Since 1985, he has been compulsively reconfiguring this building into labyrinth-like, uncanny architectural environments. In 1996, he began to recreate rooms from the house in exhibition spaces around the world, including this work which is based on the cellar. No longer a home, it has become a place of confinement, mystery and dislocation.