Beauty Is a Ca·tas·tro·Phe
Aesthetics is an art of intervention. It is art because it embodies ‘intersubjectivity’ between a line of history and a future edge. It involves selection (or should we say the selection of consciousness?) and it is entangled with ‘magic’ – the inflation-into-presence of an unformed stuff. It is intervention, as without it, the life of us and of all the rest we generate, would be very, very, repetitious. Intervention rests in the poietic of new distinctions that disrupt the flow of congruent acculturation and enlightens reorientation. It begins with modification and it culminates in the genesis of a new universe, all the way from a first stick of wood to the open blueprint of ourselves. Aesthetics is the long-term project of curating becoming across the changing shores of understanding and technology; (Aesthetic is) the primitive verb that substantially teases events of becoming into fresh dis-continuities of the ca·tas·tro·phe named beauty. The event of becoming is charged with directionality, or otherwise put, Aesthetics is about how, who and what are we transforming into. So let us make it rumble loud and clear –Which origin are we? And what are we the beginning of?
*Cogitating Ferocities is a brewing facility for long-term intensities.
*Catastrophe – is traceable to the Greek ‘Kata’ (over) + ‘Strephein’ (turn) – to overturn. In Catastrophe theory, catastrophe is defined as: unexpected dis-continuity in an otherwise continuous system.
* image - from the petri dish project by J.D Doria
Photo of the Montréal Biosphère in flames
Buckminster Fuller, photography by Doug Lehman, 1976
Chris Parrott ‘All Watched Overy by Machines of Loving Grace’
University of Sheffield
Tutor: Carolyn Butterworth
” ..And i choose to declare war on gravity and proclaim it an enemy who, though possessed of a certain nobility, arrogantly claims control over my existence. i reject gravity’s arrogance and claims, and assert a counterclaim - i am a free spirit, autonomous and self-determining, a being and an architect of antigravity.”
- Lebbeus Woods, ’Aerial Paris’ from his book Anarchitecture”.
Lotus Project by Aldo Rossi
Archigram on Metahaven. 2010.