MY SENSITIVITY to the “unplannedness” of Belgium and Brussels are conditioned by my upbringing in more regulated and rule-observant Finland. I moved from Helsinki to Brussels at the turn of the millenium. As many other Nordic newcomers, I found the local approach to the built environment both carefree and creative. The ways of taking control of space that startled me included the most inventive DIY constructions, the filling up of space with posters and paintings, ad hoc decorations, and various unfinished constructions with an air of improvisation.

I NOTICED Publique Phone in the very beginning of 2007. Its facade is dominated by a carelessly installed thirty foot long yellow hose shielding - for what it is worth - electric wiring in a way that looks both amusing, amazing and depressing. I took my first picture of this installation, which I at first thought of as temporary, and started to follow the situation. One one occasion, a passer-by told me that there is no point in taking photos any more since the building had just been sold. He obviously took me for a potential buyer.

THE CALL SHOP was closed at later half of the year 2009. The hose disappeared at the end of the year 2012.


hose_0501_2007_oittinen
5th of January 2007

hose_2004_2008_oittinen
20th of April 2007


hose_2307_2008_oittinen
23rd of July 2008


hose_1409_2008_oittinen
14th of September 2008

hose_0302_2009_oittinen
3rd of February 2009


hose_0603_2009_oittinen
6th of March 2009


hose_2111_2009_oittinen
21th of November 2009


hose_1712_2009_oittinen
17th of December 2009


hose_1204_2010_oittinen
12th of April 2010


hose_2504_2010_oittinen
25th of May 2010


hose_1812_2010_oittinen
18th of December 2010


hose_0405_2011_oittinen
4th of May 2011


hose_1410_2012_oittinen
14th of October 2012


letku ghost house_muokattu
15th of December 2013

hose
30th of May 2017