Join us at e-flux on Friday, May 26 at 7pm for the lecture “#postdigitalBetrayALL” by New Territories, who has delegated her/his personal secretary François Roche to be her/his voice.
While we’re comfortably fighting against the de-humanized status of immigrants in the Schengen countries, against the Wizard of Oz in the Oval Office and the illusory fair of data leaks, we architects are never fighting—as far as architectural processes are concerned—the political regimes we naively support or pretend to ignore when they hire us. Instead, we are erasing, as a new version of tabula rasa, the condition and situation of architectural commissioning. As architects, we actively participate in this masquerade of world economy, the new world order where deterritorialized, jiggering façades are used to create diversions and cover up the scenes of the crimes.
Post-humanism is not a blank check for deterritorialized techno-libertarian orphans. It is not only a graft for performative prosthesis, but also the re-articulation of bio-political social organization through the synchronicities and contingencies between fabrication and fiction. Do we need to pull back the curtain and reveal that architecture is consubstantial to zones of conflict that cannot be metabolized by sympathetic moralism or the techno parade? Should we suspect that today’s digital fireman art is a lure, and propose, following Auguste Blanqui, a user’s guide to the digital barricades to "betray" the elegance of neo-positivist decor and merchandising for a "something-somewhere" that doesn’t abolish the risk of being in this world?
New-Territories is a polymorphous architecture organization. Founded in 1993, it has embraced different labels, names, strategies and purposes. New-Territories is fronted by the androgynous avatar S/he, who has authorized François Roche to write, talk, and teach on his/her behalf as a PS/personal secretary. New-Territories seeks to articulate real and/or fictional geographic situations and the narrative structures that can transform them by using technology to exploit the physiology and psychology of both robotic and human natures.
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