(n)certainties – Columbia – Fall09

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Columbia– Fall 2009

Studio Francois ROCHE | R&Sie(n) / www.new-territories.com

with the influence  of  :

Stephan Henrich | Machines Biennale 2008 (robots)

Benoit Durandin | I’ve heard about

with the invitation of  :

Marc Fornes as assistant | Theverymany (scripts)

Mat Staudt as second assistant



The studio will be in the pursuit of the previous Opus but in a specific and new development.

The materiality of the construction by ‘’computation and robotic process’’ developed more precisely in this following text will integrate, in this new Opus, its own life span, as a protocol of death and life, of Eros and Thanatos.

The substances of the indeterminacy will be impermanent, and by this way affected by necrosis, shrinking, metabolizing…. sensitive to external or internal (chemical, bacteria, climate…) agent in correspondence to the transformation of the environmental condition.

The constructive materiality of the self organizing contract will become a factor, an agent of permanent re-shaping, through a skyzophrenic energy between it s own bio-degradable desapearing and the maintenance of it’s physicality.

This battle, this conflict will work both in strategies of addition and subtraction processes, with the risk that, in this field of war, the building could die. The negociation (robotic behavior, computation protocols, chemical bio-polymer…) of its life span will become the substract of its own aesthetic.

The parameters and the agents of mutation will be controlled to increase or not speediness and radiation of decomposition.

This new version of (n)certainties introduces the unprediction as a factor of production but simultaneously of transformation, until even a complete degradation as a C2C story (Cradle to Cradle).

The studio is targeted by the hypothesis of transforming the “social contract” confronted to the mass media culture biotope _ and to define the morphologies of  (n)certainties