Humans have always used their hands to create the world around them, until very recently. We’ve gone from being practicioners to theorists, from being producers to consumers. What happens to our society when most people are so divorced from the act of making? What happens to us as individuals when we limit the uses to which we put our hands? These are questions that preoccupy Siri Helle when she inherits a cabin of 25 square metres, without electricity or inlet water, or a loo, and decides to build an outhouse herself. Without any previous experience of building anything, she has to learn on the job and what she learns is not just about how to lay a floor and construct walls, but about what she is capable of and of how this new-found confidence in her own practical abilities connects her with her own roots and to the grandfather who built the cabin.
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