Your Weekend Starts Here! 2002 – paper, rotating
mirror balls, spotlights. Habitat, Tottenham Court Road, London.
Shane Waltener’s installations respond to the history or the character
of the environment for which they are made.
Your Weekend Starts Here! is a text based installation, made specifically
for Habitat, celebrating the activities that take place in the Tottenham
Court Road store – namely choosing, styling and decorating. Using
the current Habitat catalogue as source material, Waltener samples text
and images to devise original patterns which are printed as a unique
Displayed in the glass box and on the walls and tables, the wallpaper
transforms the café into a surreal reading room. The text reads
as one continuous sentence – an otherworldly stream of consciousness
that is grounded by domestic references and lifestyle commentary. It
can be read from any direction, allowing the visitor to dip in and out
as they choose – creating their own narrative.
© Emma Underhill, Habitat curator, 2002