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Zagreb, 17 February 2013

Call for Papers Authors @ the Unconference! Part I

Since the 2nd Unconference is approaching with great speed, in the following days Think Space web will be bringing you the abstracts of the papers that will be presented live in Lauba by their authors. All the papers selected to be published, 30 of them to be exact will be premiered within the Unconference proceedings! Join us in Zagreb from 22 - 24 Feb to discuss these interesting topics. 

The first paper abstract to be presented is: 
Manifesto of The Copyist Party
by Nick Axel & Pedro Hernandez

 

A spectre is haunting Architecture - the spectre of Copyism

The Manifesto of the Copyist Party is a projective cryptographic exegesis of the 1848 text by Karl Marxand Friedrich Engels1. For the original authors, their situation was political during the Industrial Revolution and by problematizing the historical notion of property, the communist ideology arose. Our situation is aesthetical during atemporality2; we seek to problematize the historical notion of architecture and give rise to the copyist ideology.

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The history of all hitherto Architecture is the history of historical struggle.

We seek to trace the relationship between history, conceived as a singular notion of our human existence in relation to things in space and the movement of time, and architecture, conceived as the representation and reification of those historical ideals.Modernism ideologically oriented aesthetics towards imaginative and conjectural potential, rather than empirical and historical knowledge. The present, instead of being a recontextualization of the past, became an ideal goal for the future. Once the ground upon which we projected our future-present consisted of the unfulfilled past-future of our ancestors, the temporal substance of history lost its ground from which truth and value derived3. History lived, and then died, or so we thought (and wished to believe4).Contemporary architecture embodies this spirit, caught in solipsistic games, stumbling the globe in search of those who are deaf to the undead moans of history5.

In what relation do Copyists stand in relation to Historians as a whole?

We seek to advocate the aesthetic ideology of Copyism. Beyond matter or form, the copyist zealously rips the past from its historical significations. The architectural copy alludes to a past we forgot we had, a present we don’t want to remember, a future we wish we still dreamed of; it creates a void of historical space within the copied object6. It provides a critical ground to reterritorialize the present.

 

1     Marx, Karl, and Fredrich Engels. "Manifesto of the Communist Party." <http://marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/>.

2     Varnelis, Kazys. "1. Time. History Under Atemporality." Culture in the Age of Networks: A Critical History.<http://varnelis.net/network_culture>.

3     Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.

4     Fukuyama, Francis. The End of History and the Last Man. New York: Free, 1992.

5     Bang Larsen, Lars. "Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Death of Death." E-flux.Apr. 2010. <http://www.e-flux.com/journal/zombies-of-immaterial-labor-the-modern-monster-and-the-death-of-death/>; see also. Žižek, Slavoj. Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. London: Verso, 2012.

6     Borges, Jorge Luis. "Pierre Menard Author of the Quixote." <http://www.coldbacon.com/writing/borges-quixote.html>.

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