FEBRURARY, 2012 In our eighth year, Architecture+Philosophy embarks on a series of cooperative, collaborative explorations. CORRESPONDENCES:8 investigates the identifications and differences among Architecture+Philosophy via a range of reference points: two or more spaces, cities, discourses or modes of practice.
Pieces of correspondence travel the world at increasing speeds; centres of cities correspond with one other with increasing intensity; philosophical tensions and corresponding academies vie for expression. Constructing new connections, undertaking new site-writing, resisting the normalisation of globalised flows and stimulating engagement. We are interested in identifying and then drawing on the physical, cultural, structural, ethical and creative points of correspondence between our major and minor cities, major and minor discourses. The works we present may take the form of interviews, instructional documents, lists, personal correspondence, imperative manifesto.
Architecture. Philosophy. Across years of collaboration, as co-curators we have twinned at least two distinct disciplines experimentally. We have engaged with contemporary urbanism, planning, technology, writing, cinema, space, system, design, distribution and other ideas in the productive overlap between our two disciplines. What corresponds? Two correspondences? Two correspondents? Subject, object, the space between? To map these spaces, to draw these distinctions, to chart these territories and to understand these correspondences is to bring curation to the fore in an entirely new way for Architecture+Philosophy.
For architecture and philosophy are themselves curatorial practices. They create provisional, provocative assemblages of forms and ideas, designed to activate a program of thinking, moving, behaving, judging, making. Within each discipline there is the desire for a permanence, for a formal determination to have been made – and, at the same time, there is a freeing of new possibilities, a constitutive desire. Inherent to both disciplines is this tension. Ours has been a located curatorial practice; to date, we have provided local spaces for exchange, welcoming thinkers, practitioners and visitors into Melbourne spaces and Melbourne-based public projects. From 2012, we are located at a new distance some 15,500km further apart than before. We now situate our practice as a correspondence.
Ten weeks ago Dr Hélène Frichot moved to Stockholm to take up the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Sweden, in the Critical Studies stream. Her becoming-Scandinavian is an active correspondence among a new city and a new practice.
Ten years ago Esther Anatolitis worked on the international interdisciplinary Serve City project at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. Critical reflections among past collaborators and multiple disciplines makes for newer, richer correspondences a decade later.
CORRESPONDENCES:8 curates a set of exchanges as well as inviting your participation. Throughout the year we will present twinned correspondences and a series of public gatherings, both on- and off-line. Further correspondence will be entered into...
an independent, flexible public program, co-curated by Esther Anatolitis and Dr
Hélène Frichot since 2005.
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creates a space of exchange between
the two disciplines. We welcome participants from any discipline
to engage with questions of contemporary urbanism, planning,
technology, space, system, design, distribution and other
issues in the productive overlap between the two disciplines.
We curate a diverse range of presentations, public, site-specifc and online projects, from research
students and established academics to architecture and planning
practitioners, policy makers, public artists and those working
in the world between theory, buildings and the city.
has presented an inspiring diversity of thinkers, makers,
collaborators and speakers.
I MAKE A PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE WE DESIGN TOGETHER
It's an ongoing project.