CONTAGIOUS ARCHITE COMPUTATION, AESTHETICS, AND SPACE LUCIANA PARISI Contagious Architecture Technologies of Lived Abstraction Brian. In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi offers a philosophicalinquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design. Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Studies and Director of the PhD programme at the In , she published Contagious Architecture.

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Retrieved from ” https: Dealing with digital, interactive and parametric architecture, it explores the way algorithms transform our digital environment.

Doing so, however, Parisi seems to also replay the rather traditional divide between what is reducible to control and what is not.

She starts by recalling and opposing the two main ways in which algorithms have been conceived. View the discussion thread.

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In Whit ehead, prehensions def ine what an act ual occasion event is and how it relat es t o ot contgious. Log In Sign Up. Click here to sign up. To this he opposes those abstract processes that select and evaluate present and past conditions according not only to future possibilities, but also to final causes.

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Algorithmic Thought: a review of Contagious Architecture by Luciana Parisi : Computational Culture

Parisii for an Ethics of Architecture. Articles from Computational Culture Algorithmic Thought: Bernd Herzogenrath, New York: Free Press, ; and I. Although her book is all about change and potentialities, she also wants to stress the fact that, in her view, algorithmic entities are both abstract and actual.

Mute Magazine Print Archive books. Contrary to the understanding of computation in terms of pure instrumental rationalism, Parisi develops the idea that it needs to be conceived fontagious terms of speculative reason. In a note on pageParisi writes:. Omega therefore suggests that there is no codified simplicity at the bottom of complexity. T his int ent ion is shared by a current wave of media t heorist s and a body of work t haton t he surf ace, seems t o undert ake an impossible t ask: Computational Culture a journal of software studies.


Help Center Find new research papers in: He is also a founding member parisl co-director luckana the international research laboratory Glass Bead and of the associated aarchitecture, released in As objects that seem to occupy the middle zone or the gap, between discreteness and infinity, abstraction and actuality, calculation and indeterminacy, algorithms — particularly, for Parisi, in the case study of digital architecture — reveal computation to potentially be a form of speculative thought in itself.

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lucianx From the start, in Contagious Architecture, the proposition is this: But it is not always easy to see whether these discrete objects she talks about characterise the architectural objects produced by digital and parametric models or the units notably cellular automata allowing those models to function and be designed.

It suggests that new aesthetic forms are developing in the hypercapitalist sphere affecting and affected by current design and computational practices and prompting a reconsideration of the questions of power and control. Google Books no proxy mitpress. Aberrant Monism Spinozism and Life in the Chaosmos. And this is why questions of change, probabilities and potentialities play such an important role in her book.

Jack Copeland – – Synthese 3: His problem is not critical reason, but rather instrumental reason. We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.

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Stengers, Penser avec Whitehead: No keywords specified fix it. Again, far from addressing computation from the outside, it is on the level of computation and within its logic that Parisi seeks to distinguish between preemptive technologies of control, and an aesthetics that would be more open to contingencies, potentialities and unpredictable change. Notify me of new architedture via email. More than this, prehension is here equated to contagion, as Parisi explains that to prehend is to be infected with infinite varieties of quantities but without, in turn, being able to change them.


Philosophy of Specific Arts in Aesthetics. Contagious Architectures belongs to this realm of risky thought, dissecting the ways in which algorithms might exceed determination, and, in so doing, daring to explore a capacity in thinking beyond or without decision.

They are not virtual, but full actualities that do not only relate to other actual entities but process them in various different ways. Sign in to use this feature.

Largely drawing on the more recent debates in information theory, Parisi argues that contemporary means of computation enter new speculative territories. Roger Paden – – Environment, Space, Place 4 1: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Yet, neither does Parisi want to see everything vanishing into open-ended series of processes.

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But despite her pedagogic efforts, it is not always clear whether she is iterating aspects and instances of the same argument, or exposing many different and overlapping ones. When she talks about space events, it would seem that she plays Whitehead against Harman in order to understand actual architectural objects and the digital objects used in object-oriented programming under the same occasionalist conception. It does so by unpacking an altogether different discrete philosophy that attempts to think its internal discrepancies and speculate on what algorithms are and what they can do.

By concentrating on this unpredictability, on randomness and incomputable quantities within computation, she also reduces topology to the way parametric architecture understands it.

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According to Parisi these objects are spatiotemporal events.