In 2005 Pikene på Broen invited Sami Rintala to make a temporary project in Kirkenes within Barents Triennalen ”Border Dialogues”. On a low budget, assisted by students and volunteers, he built the World’s Smallest Hotel – with 2 rooms and a lobby, facing the sea, in the town centre. After a while the Hotel became a recognizable brand of Kirkenes nationally and internationally, and was nominated in several architectural competitions. But the World’s Smallest Hotel never got its permanent location and had to be moved twice, which severely affected its condition, and it can no longer be used.
As part of his artistic practice, Sami Rintala has done burning rituals in order to put focus on his projects. As a farewell to this project, the Hotel will be burnt on its original site under the festival. Press reviews and other documentation about the hotel will be presented for public around the hotel building. We and many others would eventually ask: what could have been done in a different way?
Dza, a leading Russian
Arr: Pikene på Broen in cooperation with Fire Department of Sø