The House of the Un-happy presents fragmented memories of the old Hansen Hospital located in Jerusalem. Established in 1887 as the “Jesus Hilfe Asyl”, it functioned as a opened institute for the leper patients till 2002 formulating a stable transparent barrier with the neighboring society. A series of illustrated pop-up books show archived photos and texts taken from the day-to-day life as theatrical stage set scenes. With a double exposure experience using AR technology, we awaken the stories and memories of the place.
Referring to the idea of Hetrotopic space, the hospital was based on social mechanisms of exclusion and isolation which were directed towards the leprous. This work offers, through the mediation of technology, a new emotional sphere being exposed through an intimate and personal contemplation.