It now became an habit on the Funambulist to follow one of the (too) rare fair and interesting idea competition organized by the Zagreb Society of Architects and curated by Eva Franch: Think Space.
The first competition was entitled Urban Border with a topic proposed by Shohei Shigematsu and I got to publish the winners’ project Demotown designed beautifully by Jesse Honsa & Gregory Mahoney.
The second competition, Geopolitical Borders (see previous article) was proposed by Teddy Cruz and the winners are now visible by following this link.
Here comes the third of those competitions and the high level of interest remains as the new juror happens to be Francois Roche (R&Sie(n)).
The borders here are Ecological. YUmen[eco]tec-pharming is in fact a competition about rethinking ecology (or ecosophy following a concept formulated by Felix Guattari) not anymore as a new form of transcendental moral but rather as a participation to the various processes of material deterioration and re-composition in stake in our environment.
As enunciated in the competition’s brief, those processes involve “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” materials that needs to be considered as the production of humans and another living species.
This competition balances this broad field of exploration by imposing a precise frame of action that can be read below:
PARTIAL-TOTAL ECOLOGY: “YUmen[eco]tec-pharming”
– That the idea of a necessary mediation, a kind of social contract, was essentially
based on a juridical conception of the world, as elaborated by Hobbes, Rousseau and Hegel. For Spinoza, on the contrary, forces were inseparable from a spontaneity and a productivity that made their development possible without mediation, i.e., their composition. They were elements of socialization in and of themselves. Spinoza thought directly in terms of “the multitude” and not individuals, in a conception… of physical and dynamic composition in opposition to the juridical contract. – Bodies were conceptualized as forces. As such, they were defined not only by their random encounters and collisions (state of crisis); they were defined by relationships between an infinite number of parts making up each body, which already characterized that body as “a multitude”. Gilles Deleuze, introduction to Anomalie Sauvage, Toni Negri, PUF, 1983