François Roche

SoSe 19

François Roche ist ein französischer Architekt, co-founder des Architekturstudios New-Territories und LabM4, R&Sie(n), [eIf/bʌt/c], Mindmachinemakingmyths und vielen weiteren Namen.

... Experimental architecture has shifted towards a new corpus of instrumentations, made out of tools, computation, mechanization, but also and simultaneously of fictions and lines of subjectivity, synchronous with our symptoms; of fears and great escapes in the »here and now«. The purpose of this 1993-2050 flashback is to explore attitudes that show a correlation, a co-dependency with the forms they underpin, through their conflicts and reciprocities. It is to discover a

post-digital, post-human, post-activist, post-democratic, post- feminist world, ... a queer, androgynous, carnal, disturbing,

disenchanted, pornographic, transient, transactional world, ... where scenarios, mechanisms, misunderstandings, and psychological and physiological fragments are what make up walls and ceilings, cellars and attics, ... schizoid and paranoid, between the lines of operative and critical fictions... The androgynous folds and recesses behind which... he(s) / she(s) ... hide(s), trigger(s) confusion and gut reactions, suspect hostilities, fantasized idealization, and even premeditated oblivion. We must use paradoxical postures and aesthetical mechanisms to highlight bio-political challenges, the potentials and disorders of contemporary technologies, from their early stages to their merchandising, and suspect them of not

being so harmless, beyond conventional discourses and self- conscious aesthetics... S/He consider architectural identity

as emanating from uncertainty principles defined through provisional processes and forms in which animism, vitalism and mechanism become vectors of dynamic mutations. S/He critically engage contemporary technology in experiments alchemically mixing Eros and Thanatos to develop deliberately ambiguous scenarios that fuse realities that would seem immiscible. Her/Him synthetic devices works out possibles somewhere between attractions and aversions, simultaneously mixes of obstacles and possibilities, waste material and efflorescence, threats and protections, mechanical powers and natural forces. Here everything is intertwined and knotted, in the process of becoming, in a movement in becoming. »Let yourself slip through their work and feel its silky and strange texture as terrifies and caresses you.«

Plakate: Lina Gräf und Nora Keilig