"Has vistoverdaderamente has vistola nieve los astros los pasos afelpados de la brisaHas tocadode verdad has tocadoel plato el pan la cara de esa mujer que tanto amàsHas vividocomo un golpe en la frenteel instante el jadeo la caìda la fugaHas sabidocon cada poro de la piel sabidoque tus ojos tus manos tu sexo tu blando corazònhabìa que tirarloshabìa que llorarloshabìa que inventarlos otra vez.”
—Julio Cortázar, Para leer de forma interrogativa.

"Has visto
verdaderamente has visto
la nieve los astros los pasos afelpados de la brisa
Has tocado
de verdad has tocado
el plato el pan la cara de esa mujer que tanto amàs
Has vivido
como un golpe en la frente
el instante el jadeo la caìda la fuga
Has sabido
con cada poro de la piel sabido
que tus ojos tus manos tu sexo tu blando corazòn
habìa que tirarlos
habìa que llorarlos
habìa que inventarlos otra vez.”

—Julio Cortázar, Para leer de forma interrogativa.

"Subversive Opportunism" - seminar on critical spatial practices
2014. 08. 23
August 23rd, Saturday, 15 - 20 val.
CAC Reading room, Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius

On Saturday afternoon, August 23rd, Architecture [Publication] Fund invites you to the CAC Reading room to explore the notion of dissidence in the context of contemporary design, architecture and other spatial practices. The focus of this seminar is creative, disobedient or liberating tactics, that are being situated in the midst of prevailing ideology of neoliberal economy and media-saturated society. What kind of long-term and essential changes opportunistically behaving contemporary dissident is better capable of envisioning? 

Taking as an inspiration the Architecture Fund lecture series “Dissidence through Architecture”, which provided an in-depth overview of attempts by architects in the former Socialist block to create outstanding nonconformistic projects, we will seek to define the context that architects, designers, other cultural practitioners operate today in. 

Five invited speakers-writers from Berlin, London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Istanbul will share the strategies of their practice and present different case studies. Ethel Baraona Pohl, co-curator of this year’s “Think Space” festival in Zagreb and co-founder of “dpr-barcelona" publishing house will talk about newly formed architectural initiatives, that react to the situation here and now, and also exploit the endless possibilities provided by social media and other technologies. Manuel Bürger, who is visual designer and communication strategist of transmediale festival in Berlin among many other activities, will present his “Slippery Design” concept - how formats of mass media communication, such as memes or instagram, and their pre-implemented design decisions can be taken to criticize the power structures that create them. Eray Çayli will present three different case studies of architectural projects in Istanbul, where its actors collaborating with authorities or corporate investors rather than defying them, use and shift the notion of public space itself. Architect and founder of  Architecture Association’s newspaper “Fulcrum” Jack Self will look into the role of the architect today by analyzing the social contract implicit in current housing mechanism. 

The seminar will be moderated by Tor Lindstrand and Håkan Nilsson, participants of the research project “Space, Ideology and Power”at Södertörn University, Stockholm. They will also speak about the urban development tendencies in Swedish cities, and how the tradition of problem solving within the discourse of architecture – being fundamentally affirmative and servicing – collides with the need of more critical approaches and practices.

Seminar starts: 15.00
Language: English

Organizers: Architektūros fondas and Vilnius university
A[L]F04 „Dissidence through Architecture“ editors: Marija Drėmaitė and Viktorija Šiaulytė
Supported by: Lithuanian Cultural Council,  Lithuanian Research Council, project Nr. MIP-13527
Contact: Viktorija Šiaulytė, +37069873217, leidiniai@archfondas.lt

More information: www.archfondas.lt

"Subversive Opportunism" - seminar on critical spatial practices

2014. 08. 23

August 23rd, Saturday, 15 - 20 val.

CAC Reading room, Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius

On Saturday afternoon, August 23rd, Architecture [Publication] Fund invites you to the CAC Reading room to explore the notion of dissidence in the context of contemporary design, architecture and other spatial practices. The focus of this seminar is creative, disobedient or liberating tactics, that are being situated in the midst of prevailing ideology of neoliberal economy and media-saturated society. What kind of long-term and essential changes opportunistically behaving contemporary dissident is better capable of envisioning? 

Taking as an inspiration the Architecture Fund lecture series “Dissidence through Architecture”, which provided an in-depth overview of attempts by architects in the former Socialist block to create outstanding nonconformistic projects, we will seek to define the context that architects, designers, other cultural practitioners operate today in. 

Five invited speakers-writers from Berlin, London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Istanbul will share the strategies of their practice and present different case studies. Ethel Baraona Pohl, co-curator of this year’s “Think Space” festival in Zagreb and co-founder of “dpr-barcelona" publishing house will talk about newly formed architectural initiatives, that react to the situation here and now, and also exploit the endless possibilities provided by social media and other technologies. Manuel Bürger, who is visual designer and communication strategist of transmediale festival in Berlin among many other activities, will present his “Slippery Design” concept - how formats of mass media communication, such as memes or instagram, and their pre-implemented design decisions can be taken to criticize the power structures that create them. Eray Çayli will present three different case studies of architectural projects in Istanbul, where its actors collaborating with authorities or corporate investors rather than defying them, use and shift the notion of public space itself. Architect and founder of  Architecture Association’s newspaper “Fulcrum” Jack Self will look into the role of the architect today by analyzing the social contract implicit in current housing mechanism. 

The seminar will be moderated by Tor Lindstrand and Håkan Nilsson, participants of the research project “Space, Ideology and Power”at Södertörn University, Stockholm. They will also speak about the urban development tendencies in Swedish cities, and how the tradition of problem solving within the discourse of architecture – being fundamentally affirmative and servicing – collides with the need of more critical approaches and practices.

Seminar starts: 15.00

Language: English

Organizers: Architektūros fondas and Vilnius university

A[L]F04 „Dissidence through Architecture“ editors: Marija Drėmaitė and Viktorija Šiaulytė

Supported by: Lithuanian Cultural Council,  Lithuanian Research Council, project Nr. MIP-13527

Contact: Viktorija Šiaulytė, +37069873217leidiniai@archfondas.lt

More information: www.archfondas.lt

No hay tiempo para el mañana,
Paseo, camino, corro, subo, 
bajo, grito, ladro, gruño
llamo, aullo, acelero, aminoro
me derrumbo, me limpio, me seco,
ando, echo a valor,
veo, no veo, tropiezo,
me pongo amarillo, verde, azul, 
estallo, tengo sed, cansancio, hambre
me caigo, me levanto,
corro, olvido, veo, no veo,
recuerdo, escucho, miro,
desvarío, delirio, murmuro, grito,
no puedo, gimo, enloquezco, me extravío
me consumo, me multiplico,
asciendo, me estrello,
y pierdo el sentido.”

Mahmoud Darwish

Le Trio Joubran, MASAR — Haifa Concert 08

In 2010 we designed this speculative fiction about using the enormous tunnel-boring machines as spaces of retreat in Gaza. Sadly at that moment we weren’t able to imagine that fictions are not so fictional in the terrible world we’re living.
/// The complete proposal can be read here: Tunneling Gaza

That idea from 2012 of using the tunnel-boring machines for underground retreat somehow is becoming a sad reality —without such speculative technology, of course—, as a response for a real and current need: the need of Palestinian people to retreat and feel safe. We can read:
"We blocked our ears and dug deeper, farther. We didn’t want to hear anything, we wanted to get away. We dug so deep that we reached the Styx, the river of the dead. The old boatman gave us a helpless look and then he turned away. What good will his little boat do against the tide of blood, the masses of people, against the people of Gaza? We swam across the cold river until we reached the cold rocky bank, and then we kept digging – beyond life, and far beyond time."
The complete story at The underground ghetto city of Gaza

In 2010 we designed this speculative fiction about using the enormous tunnel-boring machines as spaces of retreat in Gaza. Sadly at that moment we weren’t able to imagine that fictions are not so fictional in the terrible world we’re living.

/// The complete proposal can be read here: Tunneling Gaza

That idea from 2012 of using the tunnel-boring machines for underground retreat somehow is becoming a sad reality —without such speculative technology, of course—, as a response for a real and current need: the need of Palestinian people to retreat and feel safe. We can read:

"We blocked our ears and dug deeper, farther. We didn’t want to hear anything, we wanted to get away. We dug so deep that we reached the Styx, the river of the dead. The old boatman gave us a helpless look and then he turned away. What good will his little boat do against the tide of blood, the masses of people, against the people of Gaza? We swam across the cold river until we reached the cold rocky bank, and then we kept digging – beyond life, and far beyond time."

The complete story at The underground ghetto city of Gaza

“Pero además, una de las características esenciales de las pruebas experimentales es que pueden reproducirse de manera controlada para contrastar y verificar los resultados. Como sistema dinámico la ciudad produce abundantes fenómenos sin control, sus condiciones no están calibradas frente a valores de referencia absolutos; sus resultados son relativos y siempre relacionales. Por lo tanto es muy difícil que estos resultados puedan reproducirse y menos aún replicarse y plantearse como conocimiento científico de la ciudad.”
La Ciudad No es un Laboratorio | dpr-barcelona para La Ciudad Viva

Pero además, una de las características esenciales de las pruebas experimentales es que pueden reproducirse de manera controlada para contrastar y verificar los resultados. Como sistema dinámico la ciudad produce abundantes fenómenos sin control, sus condiciones no están calibradas frente a valores de referencia absolutos; sus resultados son relativos y siempre relacionales. Por lo tanto es muy difícil que estos resultados puedan reproducirse y menos aún replicarse y plantearse como conocimiento científico de la ciudad.”

La Ciudad No es un Laboratorio | dpr-barcelona para La Ciudad Viva