Pascal Robert

Learning pieces

“How to draw life”, Istanbul (workshop), 2009/ 2010

“Temporary family”, Maastricht (NL), Marktplein 2007/ 2009: July 8, 2009, 6 p.m.

Alongside the emergence of new household structures, the economic concept of the family has also changed. As much in European as in North American literature, Durkheim’s notion of a marital family prevailed until the mid 1960s, in which the family was defined first and foremost in terms of a marriage relationship, which in turn was generally accepted as a societal norm. The predominance of this concept arose primarily due to the extent to which all possible forms of living together are covered by the model, incorporated as deviations, or absorbed into it. Today, however, the model has fundamentally changed, insofar as new models of the family have emerged, in which the family is no longer a static category; models which no longer consider the family as the fundamental social unit or essential building block of society, but instead conceive it as a dynamic strategy, in the context of which the individual actively situates him or herself in accordance with the particular requirements of his or her employment situation. 01/ 2009

Pascal Robert

“Temporary family”, London, Tate Modern (Bankside): June 18, 2009, 6.30 p.m.