Complicating machines: A call to infect architecture with the mechanism of ‘politics’

Johan Liekens

Abstract


This paper ventures from architecture’s possible and much needed capacity to provoke through its material manifestation a difference of thought.
First, an argumentation is constructed pleading for the infection of architecture with the negotiational mechanism of ‘politics’. This is needed if architecture wants to reach its full capacities of acting in this world – practically; ethically; politically.
With this argumentation in mind, the architectural experiment Complicating Machine CoMa02 is screened as a set-up, following its possibilities – both functional and para-functional – to its user, the flâneur, the passer-by.

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