Dasha Tsapenko


CLASH Project / FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018. Photo: Sem Shayne & Anton Fayle

Lovaratory is a spatial exploration platform based on research of multi-human love relationships in the post-romantic age of rapid technological acceleration and global digitalization.

Lovaratory investigates alternative relationships and family structures, exploring alternative types of love through the prism of emerging spatial components. It looks on various types of love-based households as a kick-off for creating domestic spaces and new dwelling typologies as well as speculating on human habitats of the future.

With the support of Housing the Human, Lovaratory aims to vastly expand its ongoing research with a hands-on, practical study, exploring the spatial components of diverse types of polyamorous households (polygyny, polyandry, “V” and “M” relationships, triads, quads, polyfidelity, solo-poly, relationship anarchies, etc.) in order to figure out new or potential domestic vocabularies.

The results of the practical research (living as a family member in 20 different poly-households) will be translated into 20 spatial prototypes and interventions, made in collaboration with and based on domestic routine observations of poly-household members. The exhibition segment will be supported by a Lovaratory publication, which will showcase the depicted research data, various cohabiting processes, and explore the symbolism behind the prototypes and interventions.

Dasha Tsapenko (UA, NL) is a Ukrainian-born architect and social designer based in the Netherlands. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Architecture from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Ukraine, as well as M.A. in Social Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Currently a designer in residence at the Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Tsapenko explores the role of private domesticities in terms of spatial restraints and segregation. She focuses her design research precisely on domestic spaces on a downgraded scale, dismantling the components of a house to the state of a single spatial act. Through a variety of artistic and design mediums, Tsapenko imposes restraints and obstructions that in her eyes are underestimated in the contemporary world of extreme freedoms, possibilities, and indulgence as a way of reflecting on a dream of personal will through extensive bodily experience.