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[Eggebert]: It was about living in his artwork and disrupting it. It was also about the fear of breaking things or moving something out of place. For example, with the table, because we knew that in the kitchen there had been red gingham curtains and part of my activity there was to remake those curtains, we decided we’d get a red gingham plastic tablecloth, so it would go with the curtains in the kitchen and to have this over the table. So we did take the candlesticks and the other objects on the table off, and said ‘well, we had to eat somewhere’. So we put this red gingham tablecloth… and one of the invigilators just couldn’t bear this, it just horrified her, because that particular space is sort of a green, dark, soft space and the red just clashed. So there was something about the whole aesthetic encounter of the space. That was the kind of thing, that we were conscious of us, just physically, what we wore might clash or where we stood might disrupt the balance or where the cot was and so on. [Walker]: That was very much the space where we took possession of the house every morning. Because, remember, we weren’t staying overnight in the house most of the week so we’d get up, about 7 o’clock, and we’d walk to Kettle’s Yard and we’d sit down then we’d take it over, in this almost ritualistic way really, and we’d have breakfast and Freddie [their son] would shout and want to get out… did he have a high chair? yeah… it would bring noise into the place, it would bring different colours into the place, it would bring probably the concept of youth into the house as well, of people of a younger age, into the space and using the space, because not many children go in there, it’s one of those places where you can feel the fear and anxiety of parents as they take their children around the place that they’re going to smash everything up. I didn’t actually feel that worry about breakages because I don’t have a problem with breakages which, you know, was actually part of the work that I did there, was breaking stuff up. Not in a, sort of, aggressive way but that was incidental to what I was doing there. But I did feel very much that I was an intruder.