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Idea by

Harsh Bhavsar, Ishita Jain, Gavin Keeney, Owen O'Carroll

Metropolitan Transmedia Authority

The MTA is an international scriptoria project for artists, architects, and scholars working in transmedia.

MTA Scriptoria


Preliminary Exegesis

MTA Scriptoria


Preliminary Exegesis
Preliminary exegesis for scriptoria-based intermedial projects in Architecture and iterative archival records.
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The scriptoria model privileges the internal metrics of “architecture as work of art”. Its premise is that by bracketing the actual project the proposal and record serve to both formalize and re-formalize the project’s intentions. This returns architectural praxis to a condition where operativity and inoperativity become keynotes to the investigation of architectural biases and subtle forms of ideology. This model opens up collectively produced works as illuminated tableaux for new forms of representation and a return to foundational concerns buried beneath neo-utilitarianism. With a focus on intermedia, the scriptoria project enters into a dialogue with the art world, where architectural projects often take refuge when they have no direct instrumental value. This dialogue permits the re-emergence of proto-avantgarde gestures that may lead to the resurrection of forms of speculative inquiry lost to architectural research.



Test session for “Resting Place,” Otenga Project Café, Ahmedabad, India.

Test session for “Resting Place,” Otenga Project Café, Ahmedabad, India.

Performance session of “Resting Place,” Dinesh Hall, Ahmedabad, India.

Performance session of “Resting Place,” Dinesh Hall, Ahmedabad, India.

MTA Scriptoria


Preliminary Exegesis

MTA Scriptoria


Preliminary Exegesis
Preliminary exegesis for scriptoria-based intermedial projects in Architecture and iterative archival records.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

The scriptoria model privileges the internal metrics of “architecture as work of art”. Its premise is that by bracketing the actual project the proposal and record serve to both formalize and re-formalize the project’s intentions. This returns architectural praxis to a condition where operativity and inoperativity become keynotes to the investigation of architectural biases and subtle forms of ideology. This model opens up collectively produced works as illuminated tableaux for new forms of representation and a return to foundational concerns buried beneath neo-utilitarianism. With a focus on intermedia, the scriptoria project enters into a dialogue with the art world, where architectural projects often take refuge when they have no direct instrumental value. This dialogue permits the re-emergence of proto-avantgarde gestures that may lead to the resurrection of forms of speculative inquiry lost to architectural research.



Test session for “Resting Place,” Otenga Project Café, Ahmedabad, India.

Test session for “Resting Place,” Otenga Project Café, Ahmedabad, India.

Performance session of “Resting Place,” Dinesh Hall, Ahmedabad, India.

Performance session of “Resting Place,” Dinesh Hall, Ahmedabad, India.


Idea by

Harsh Bhavsar, Ishita Jain, Gavin Keeney, Owen O'Carroll
Metropolitan Transmedia Authority
The MTA is an international scriptoria project for artists, architects, and scholars working in transmedia.