Sara Heitlinger

Housemate Required

Book and web project, 2005

Between Sunday 11th of April and Wednesday 26th of May 2004 I was invited into 17 different homes. These visits, although rarely acknowledged as such, were intimate gestures, and both parties relied on a certain amount of trust. One ad, I recall, was written by two women. They were seeking someone who wouldn’t kill them in their sleep. They re-posted their ad on the internet every day for weeks.

What I found interesting was to compare the different ways in which people co-existed. Knowing that it was on these points that made sharing a home a joyful experience, or, alternatively, a nightmare, I asked questions about their domestic habits.

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