# PHILOSOPHY /// Exhumation & Architecture in Cyclonopedia by Reza Negarestani

Goreme in Capadocia (Turkey) / photo by Louise Frenico

Mehrdad Iravanian, the Iranian architect once suggested, ‘In order to study architecture, one must first investigate necrocracy.’ But we should go further: one must practice the art of exhumation too.
Reza Negarestani

As I already wrote in another article about this book, Cyclonopedia written by Iranian Philosopher Reza Negarestani is a fictitious reinterpretation of Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus based on the following proposition: “The Middle East is alive.

Among other things, Negarestani develop in a much more elaborated way, the notion -introduced by A Thousand Plateaus- of holey space (see previous article) as an alternative of the two Manichean striated and smooth space. Here are some excerpts from Cyclonopedia:

Disturb and irritate, dilate and contract the repressed cavities of the Earth: Tunnels and tubes, burrows and lairs, acrid bungholes and perforated spaces, its fanged vaginas slits and the schizoid skin. Unclog and squeeze the earth; exhume its surfaces; make an earth whose conundrums cannot be solved by recourse to their origins or causes.

In () hole complex, on a superficial level (bound to surface dynamics), every activity of the solid appears as a tactic to conceal the void and appropriate it, as a program for inhibiting the void, accommodating the void by sucking it into the economy of surfaces or filling it.

Scorpions are burrowers, not architects: They do not build upon the compositions of solid and void, they devour volumes and snatch spaces; for them the holey space is not merely a dwelling place, a place to reside (a niche for occupation). More than that, it is the Adobe of War (dar al-harb), the holey space of unselective hunting.

Negarestani Reza. CYCLONOPEDIA. Complicity with anonymous materials. Melbourne: Re-Press 2008

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