PES stands for Post-Erasmus-Syndrome, a psychological state of mind where exchange students get caught up in, when they return home after a long time. It’s called a reversed culture shock, but it’s more than just that. Home doesn’t really feel like it anymore. The exchange students are stuck between a state of dreaming and reality. Their reality has become estranged. This alienation is the emphasis of this project. There is also another symbolicism in this project. Pes means foot or “by foot” in Latin. It refers to a journey through Europe to rediscover the own identity. It’s a quest for different cultures, forming a whole, but different in their own ways. It’s the feeling of being on the road continuously, being isolated from the world, alienation and solitude.

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