The ‘Anti-proposal’

In this post I have included a quick ‘sketch’ of the components of which the anti-proposal might include. I have discussed in detail the purpose of this repacking in my reflection document and previously on this blog though it should be noted that this IS NOT something that would be submitted to the OISTAT brief (it is not a revision). It is simply further investigation of my critical perspective. I have also rewritten the ‘200 word’ component in order to better suit this anti-proposal’s abstracted nature.

This is probably also a good opportunity to note the unintended links that have been made by other people. The most significance being my reference to ‘breaking boundaries or walls. Through this pertained to capitalist building structure I am also aware that the nature of the site make this also a reference to the fall of the Berlin wall. This was unintended but I haven’t resisted the link as I think is a positive comparison of advocated change.

Repacked poster.

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Repacked and abstracted text component:

This is Chronic: a chronical.
This is Chronic(al) Intercept.

This is anti-capitalist.
This is anti-gentrification.
This is anarchitecture.
Chronic(al) Intercept serves as both a symbolic and physical revolt against capitalist architecture and intentional gentrification. A chronicle to Gorgon Matta-Clarks Conical Intersect (1975), this ‘reimagined theatre’ continues the dialogue on capitalist urban development and performance art.
This in an intercept: of capitalist architecture.
This is an anti-proposal.
This is blackmail.

This is a retaliation to capitalist driven urban renewal: a physical intercept. Applied to the structure presented, the concept is ‘constructive’. However this gesture is translatable to new or future architecture.

This is a singular gesture.
This is subversive.
This is theatre.

All structure built through conventional systems is capitalist. Chronic(al) Intercept draws from the existing. Within a single performative movement, both ‘stage and auditorium’ are created. The resulting space is to be experienced.

This removes walls.
This transcends boundaries: physical and constructed.
This is public.
This is ‘freespace’.
The spherical intersect shares no one ‘axis’ with the existing structure. The ‘collisions’ create an unfamiliar space, without agenda. The space is free in both form and occupational purpose.

Poster for OISTAT: Is it diluted?

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This is Chronic: a chronical.

This is Chronic(al) Intercept.

This is anti-capitalist.

This is anti-gentrification.

This is anarchitecture.

Supporting the ideology of Holzmakt, Chronic(al) Intercept serves as both a symbolic and physical revolt against capitalist architecture and intentional gentrification (specifically in the context of Friedrichstein /Kruezberg, Berlin). A chronicle to Gorgon Matta-Clarks Conical Intersect (1975), this ‘reimagined theatre’ continues the dialogue on capitalist urban development and the role of performance art.

This is an anti-proposal.

This in an intercept: of Mediaspree and capitalist architecture.

This is a warning.

The concept is a retaliation to the Mediaspree: a physical intercept. Applied to the structure presented, the concept is ‘constructive’. However this gesture is translatable to new or future architecture.

This is a singular gesture.

This is subversive.

This is theatre.

All structure built through conventional systems is capitalist. Thus Chronic(al) Intercept draws from the existing. Within a single performative movement both ‘stage and auditorium’ are created. The resulting space is to be experienced.

This removes walls.

This transcends boundaries: physical and constructed.

This is public.

This is ‘freespace’.

The spherical intersect shares no one ‘axis’ with the existing structure. The ‘collisions’ create an unfamiliar space without agenda. The space is free in both form and occupational purpose.

NMA Building: ‘Cutting the head off’

I constructed the structure based upon the plans provided by the architects site. Scale was determined by door/access-way widths. The structure provided more really detailed results when cut. The beauty in proposing this be done is that it will never happen; it’s not plausible. If this is the point then great, but this will not meet the OISTAT submission. It may be necessary to ‘dilute’ my statement so that it might conform. Furthermore this structure is a long way down river from the Holzmarkt site and even the Ibis hotel is not close.

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Conical Intersect : Chronic[al] Intercept

Matta-Clark’s Conical Intercect (1975)

”   Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975) was a torqued, spiralling ‘cut’ into two derelict seventeenth-century Paris buildings adjacent to the construction site of the Centre Pompidou. With this landmark work of ‘anarchitecture’, Matta-Clark opened up these venerable residences to light and air, and began a dialogue about the nature of urban development and the public role of art. Considered today, Conical Intersect reveals the multivalent nature of the artist’s practice and his prescient focus on sustainability and creative reuse of the built environment.   “

– Bruce Jenkins

The poetic way in which Matta-Clark creates a space within the existing interested me due to the simple way in which a ‘conversation’ was started between the building’s social role and the public atmosphere of the street. From within the ‘hole’ one is the spectator; the audience. His act is both destructive and constructive: an attack on the existing whilst highlighting the problem of urban renewal.

The below image was my initial response to the idea of using existing buildings in order to create new space. the cut would result in tiered ‘seating’ as the floors are sliced. I think it best to retain the original form of the building at least to the point of recognition. The structure depicted is the Ibis Hotel Berlin, a result of Mediaspree. The question is whether the gesture should be performed on an ‘abandoned’ building or a Mediaspree spawned one. Alternatively the proposal could serve as just that. The building choosen would be one that Mediaspree plans to build. An anti-proposal. Another example of the proposal being the work itself is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_Coaster

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I began to investigate how I could use a similar technique to create a auditorium or viewing area from the existing building around the Holzmarkt and Berlin Spree. As described in the previous post the ability to create ‘free-space’ will most effectively be achieved with a spherical intersection. This negative space (a half sphere) also suggests theater seating and provides optimum viewing angles. The below sketches investigate the way in which I can create such a space. The act of creating the theatre is performative in itself. The result could simply be a space of experience, the public invited to explore the unusual forms and navigate their occupation of them.

Below is an abstract of how the gesture would effect the structure of the chosen building. If the proposal was to be an ‘anti-proposal’ as described above this would be the type of content I would include. This would not meet the OISTAT brief (it barely will anyway). However through these ‘sketches’ I discovered that when the resulting half in placed in the water it creates the illusion of a submerged whole. The cut piece should also be rotated as to allow those viewing from with the building to see ‘through’ it, between the floors.

Below are the most prominent results of the Mediaspree plan. They are the ‘targets’. The floating ‘stage’ could comprise of ‘parts’ of each of them as the negative space left within the structure would be the ‘seating’. In the next post I have modeled up the NMA building to further investigate ways in which it could be cut.