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Architecture, without Architecture
Somewhere between Palissy and Superstudio



Architecture, without Architecture, was inspired by the two most extreme positions of dealing with space architecturally. On the one hand, the Supersuperficie (1971), the immaterial grid design for future life on planet earth by the florentine architecture office Superstudio, and opposing to this, the highly dense, material, and sensual "shell-cave-mountain-like" garden pavilions, designed by Bernard Palissy (16th century).

These two visions served me as conceptual blueprints while developing my ideas of a dialogue between the metaphysical and the physical approaches towards the organization of space. The works eventually took the form of sculptures, reworked into collages and photomontages.




          
              
               Architecture, without Architecture

                photomontage
                2018




             

          

        Super Superspace, Everywhere.

        Series of 4 photomontages, with sculptures.
        2018






Palissys Home on Future Earth.

Acrylic and spray paint on paper
80 x 120cm
2018






Palissys Home on Future Earth. Nr.5

Sand, plaster, mirror
30 x 30 x 25 cm
2018




NATURE, THAT MEANS: THE ONE WHO IS PROCREATING, OR THE ONE WHO IS GIVING BIRTH. IT IS UP TO HER TO BRING FORTH THAT WHAT WE CAN NOT MAKE BY OURSELVES, BUT WHAT SEEMS AS IF IT WAS MADE. TO FIND AND TO SPECIFY THE PHENOMENA IS A SUBTLE ART, WHICH NEEDS A DETOUR. THE HAND AND THE SHELL ARE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. IT IS, OF COURSE, DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE A HOUSE THAT HAS NO DOOR. THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER NEED FOR CITIES OR CASTLES, THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER REASON FOR ROADS AND SQUARES; EVERY POINT WILL BE THE SAME AS ANY OTHER. THE TRUTH AND THE LIE ARE AIMING FOR THE SAME GOAL... THEY ARE THE SAME THING, WHICH, BY PRESENTING ITSELF IN DIFFERENT WAYS, MAKES US LYING OR TRUTHFUL; AND, AS THE WARM AND THE COLD ARE ATTACKING OR DEFENDING US, SO IT IS WITH THE TRUE AND THE FALSE AND THE CONTRADICTORY INTENTIONS WHICH RELATE TO THOSE. HE IS NOT ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHETHER THIS PECULIAR THING, [THE SEA SHELL], IS THE WORK OF LIFE OR THE WORK OF ART OR ONE OF TIME, OR A FREAK OF NATURE - ENRAGED HE THROWS IT BACK INTO THE SEA AND, LIKE RUNNING AWAY FROM IT, HE WENT INLAND ONTO SAFE TERRAIN, AS IF THE SOFT SAND AND THE WAVES COULD HAVE SOFTEN HIS CATEGORIES. ALL YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THIS TREE, IS THAT IT IS A TREE; ALL THAT THIS TREE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT ITSELF IS THAT IT IS A TREE. ROOT, THEN TRUNK, THEN BRANCHES, THEN LEAVES. PAINTING, ARCHITECTURE AND SCULPTURE ARE ONE SINGLE PHENOMENON OF PLASTIC NATURE. IN EVERY THING WE ASSUME A WILL, WHICH URGES TOWARDS A FORM WHILE STRUGGLING WITH THE RESISTANCE OF A FORMLESS MATTER. I DO NOT SEE ANY NECESSARY DEPENDENCE BETWEEN FORM AND SIZE. I CAN NOT CONCEIVE A FORM THAT I COULD NOT IMAGINE LARGER OR SMALLER, AS IF THE IDEA OF A CERTAIN FORM FORCES ME TO THINK OF AN UNKNOWN MULTIPLICITY OF SIMILAR FORMS.

Paul Valéry, Hermann Schmitz, Le Corbusier, George Perec, Superstudio, Niklas Maak, Heinrich Wölfflin





Architecture, without Architecture. Exhibition walk-through
povvera, Berlin
ca. 10 min.
2018




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