The House Is Burning!


While visiting this excellent exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery here in London over the The House Is Burning!weekend, I was reminded of the extraordinary value we give to objects. If you heard your flatmate screaming `the house is burning!´ and had to rush out, how valuable would they actually be?

There is this website, which a friend has mentioned to me, where people post pictures of objects they would actually like to take with them in case of a fire. They are really interesting, as one can guess bits of people´s personality, much in the same way as in the exhibition that I mentioned above.

The objects exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery belonged to professional women late thirties-mid forties living in different areas in the world. Some of them were pretty much the usual things, but we wouldn´t really think of them when fleeing a fire. That is, wallet, pictures/ postcards, some make-up, etc.

I wondered how many of those things we carry on our bags or pockets would we actually choose to carry or regret not to have carried with us if we heard `the house is burning!´.

I would regret to leave behind:

  • My laptop;The House Is Burning!
  • Some of my books;
  • Camera;
  • Phone charger;
  • Passport;
  • The House Is Burning!Contacts case;
  • A scarf, if it is not warm enough;
  • Some pictures and other objects given to my by friends and family.
I would take (almost instinctively):
  • My bag (with my mobile phone, purse, a pen, house and office keys, a book and some The House Is Burning!other bits and pieces);   
  • My coat.
What about you?


A Londoner from Afar

About A Londoner from Afar

Cheese & choc lover, marketer and linguist who would like to explore and share those aspects that still have the power to make her stay in the amazingly vibrant city of London after nearly 10 years.
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2 Responses to The House Is Burning!

  1. missmadaboutravel says:

    Among many things… I think I would take lots of pictures, some books i love, my camera and laptop and my grandma’s ring (the one that’s been in the century for decades and that she gave me before she died)… And lots of other things, but i doubt i’d have enough time! 😉

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