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Lietje Bauwens, Wouter De Raeve, Alice Haddad

http://www.perhapsitishightimeforaxenoarchitecturetomatch.org

Brussels, Belgium
Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match is a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform initiated in 2016. The platform explores unconventional narratives for subversive and political architectures (of knowing) in an attempt to re-radicalize the spatial practice. The dynamic relationship between research and practice constitutes both the form and matter of this project, which results in a series of cultural productions and collaborations.

Perhaps it is High Time for a Xeno-Architecture to match


Perhaps it is High Time for a Xeno-Architecture to match


Xeno-architecture is not a description of the given but a speculative concept that will only show itself in and from the future.

Caught up in today’s overwhelming complexity, spatial agency is subjected to a sense of disorientation and mistrust in grand narratives. Better conditions are sought in positions embracing nostalgic retreat toward the tangible, the local, and the particular. However, in face of the current impasses—from environmental disasters to politics of austerity and exclusion—holding to our experiences seems insufficient; what is needed is a reorientation that turns away from “what is” toward “what could be” in order to engineer alternative futures.

This inquiry searches for economies of knowledge that open up a larger space for the (yet) unknown. It emphasizes practices that seek strategies for ideological and structural change; approaches at ease within complex power structures that challenge reality and propose new forms of organization. By endorsing perspectives that go beyond the human mind: the xeno, can we begin to speculate about new constructions that function as a collective horizon?

Perhaps it is High Time for a Xeno-Architecture to match


Perhaps it is High Time for a Xeno-Architecture to match


Xeno-architecture is not a description of the given but a speculative concept that will only show itself in and from the future.

Caught up in today’s overwhelming complexity, spatial agency is subjected to a sense of disorientation and mistrust in grand narratives. Better conditions are sought in positions embracing nostalgic retreat toward the tangible, the local, and the particular. However, in face of the current impasses—from environmental disasters to politics of austerity and exclusion—holding to our experiences seems insufficient; what is needed is a reorientation that turns away from “what is” toward “what could be” in order to engineer alternative futures.

This inquiry searches for economies of knowledge that open up a larger space for the (yet) unknown. It emphasizes practices that seek strategies for ideological and structural change; approaches at ease within complex power structures that challenge reality and propose new forms of organization. By endorsing perspectives that go beyond the human mind: the xeno, can we begin to speculate about new constructions that function as a collective horizon?


Idea by

Lietje Bauwens, Wouter De Raeve, Alice Haddad
Brussels
Belgium
Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match is a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform initiated in 2016. The platform explores unconventional narratives for subversive and political architectures (of knowing) in an attempt to re-radicalize the spatial practice. The dynamic relationship between research and practice constitutes both the form and matter of this project, which results in a series of cultural productions and collaborations.