GSAPP-Fall 2012

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September 6th, 2012 · Uncategorized

François Roche + Ezio Blasetti 

Farzin Lotfi-Jam / Assistant-TA



The battle of impermanency (opus 5.4)

Gsapp / Fall 12

Title of the course

Nostalgia paradigms / 5 Scenari-(n)certainties, the battle of impermanency (Opus 5.4) / 


The studio will be in the pursuit of the previous Opus (visible on http://www.new-territories.com/laboratoriesteaching.htm)

Including materiality of the construction by ‘’computation and robotic process’’ developed more precisely in this following text and integrating a notion of “life span”, as a protocol of death and life, of “Eros and Thanatos”, this new Opus will be the occasion to develop  scenarii which negotiate with this notion, this sensation, this emotion of “nostalgia paradigms; as a possibility to requestion the uses of languages, the one at the origin of our daily transaction, and the ones which are articulating knowledge, from Sciences, all sciences / alchemistry, pataphysic and physic / to negotiate  relationship with the whole system, from math and “psychism”, materiality and data formation, lines of subjectivities and protocol of experimentations, in a permanent contingent stuttering dialogue with the word, its tangible existence, its origin, historical, affective, scientific, speculative.

The “nostalgia paradigms” is a strategy to develop multiple activators to requestion the “forbidden”, not only in an anthropocentrism inclination, but all the materialities in the periphery  (even outside)  of this territory… in a stage where contingencies… where correlations, causalities and dependencies are re-protocolized… It’s introducing relationship of time, of arrow of time, including its disruption, forces and violences (or revenges) of and from the nature (terra formation), potential to re-read the undeterminacy, with strategies of knowledge to extract “something” from the recognition of un-certain situation, confrontation with memories, fictions, speculations… re-assembling or/and de-assembling the order of the discourses…in a conflict between lines of “subjectivation” and scientific apparatuses…


As the previous topic was suggesting / The substances of the indeterminacy tactile dimension 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 schizophrenic energy between its own bio-degradable disappearing and the maintenance of its 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 negotiation (robotic behavior, computation protocols, chemical bio-polymer…) of its life span will become the subtract 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 un-prediction as a factor of production but simultaneously of transformation, until even a complete degradation and death…

“That the democracy deficit in the making of the city and the abuse of tools – dating from a period where the reason of a few presided over the destiny of the many – made it impossible to take on board mutations produced by the fragmentation of informational and productive mechanisms”.

“That liberal space was constructed in terms of social control, and that the contemporary 30th-century city retained all the stigmata of that”.

Deleuze, introduction to Anomalie Sauvage, Toni Negri, PUF, 1983


-Developing a scenario at the base of a structure and extracted from the particularism, the specificities, the identities of its hypothetical morphology

– Research within the media culture field about similar dialogue or “malentendu”

-Impermanency of the substances at the base of the emergences, as ‘’things which necrose’’…both in the movie and the structure…

-Uncertainty and unachievment (of each invidudual living part and collective structure), both in the movie and the structure…

-Local negotiation / no global control (on view, on air, on access…) for local adaptation, variability, as a “desirable machine”, both in the movie and the structure…

– Measurement and strategy of colonization (no panoptic references but XYZ positioning /GPS), both in the movie and the structure…

– Strategies of bio-mechanical robot (from low tech to high tech) / strategy of construction…even deconstruction / reconstruction, both in the movie and the structure…

-Neighborhood protocol (human swarm intelligences!), both in the movie and the structure…


Possibility of a physical or abstract location (both in an urban “tissues”), somewhere and elsewhere…. In this last hypothesis the site is able to affect the “construction process” or by the specificity of the situation (chemical/morphological/topographical) or by the possibilities to use recycling material of construction from the site (human flesh and garbage, existing forces and conflicts, transitory substances, anthroposophic exchanges…)

From the machinistic, passing by the chemical to the visceral, some of the processes that the entrant might consider in elaboration of this new Partial-Total Ecology are: screwed, chewed, shat, sweated, swallowed, vomited, pined, secreted, woven, knitted, extruded, staggered, scattered, coagulated, aggregated, welded, pinched, braided, spidernetted, bonsaied, crystallised, calcified, excreted, expanded, branched, pulped, smeared, coagulated, excavated, assembled and disassembled, bended, blended, and their machine picked, spiked, pinched, caressed, embraced, sliced, cut, laminated and loved [list in formation]



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