projet de Pernilla Ohrstedt pour l’Unit 16 (prof: Simon Herron & Susanne Isa) de la Bartlett l’année dernière

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J’ai rencontré Christian Kerrigan il y a un an et demi (grâce à Yorgos Loizos) alors qu’il venait de terminer son diplôme à la Bartlett. Celui-ci partait d’une observation des tuteurs de bonsaï et mettait en scène la construction d’une architecture par le guidage mécanisé de la pousse d’arbres sur un temps total de deux siècles. Ce projet incarne donc un véritable éloge de la patience (!) et une belle hybridation de l’artefact et de la nature.

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projet de notre Martial national dans la ville des anges en voitures ! Ce projet sera publié dans la revue semestrielle de Sci-Arc. Bravo Marksor !!! (pour suivre l’évolution du projet au cours du semestre –> here)
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Cet autre très bon projet du studio Kenny Tsui & Tansim Green (Semestre 5), propose un autre processus de conception. J’ai d’ailleurs priviligié ici, certains panneaux de références par rapport à d’autres images de projet dans le but d’exposer les différents éléments composant le scénario de création du projet.

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Voici, comme promis, un des meilleurs projets du studio Kenny Tsui & Tansim Green en semestre 5 à l’ESA. Ses auteurs en sont Lorène Faure & Cécile Ortolo. Sous la conduite de leur deux professeurs, elles ont réussi, en un semestre à FAIRE un projet né d’un scénario protocolaire, et à sublimer leur technique de représentation qui n’était jusqu’alors qu’assez faible. Le résultat est très intéressant et relativement inouï dans notre école. Certes, un certain nombre d’éléments ne sont pas forcément maîtrisés mais j’estime que les promesses qu’apporte un tel projet à l’ESA et à ses auteurs sont considérables et grandement louables.

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I realize I never wrote an article per say about The Coming Insurrection (I only posted the video of Glenn Beck achieving a diatribe against it without having read it…). Instead, I will regularly publish some excerpts from it either from the first part, which is a very sharp satire of our current society or from the second part which is a organizational manifesto.
It is probably not by chance that the book has been published in France and in the U.S. by what are probably the best publishers, La Fabrique and the MIT Press.
You can find the two full texts (French and English) online but the format of the book and its straight forwardness really make you want to buy a bunch of them and distribute them around you…
“Today the West is the GI who dashes into Fallujah on an M1 Abrams tank, listening to heavy metal at top volume. It’s the tourist lost on the Mongolian plains, mocked by all, who clutches his credit card as his only lifeline. It’s the CEO who swears by the game Go. It’s the young girlchchases who chases happiness in clothes, guys, and moisturizing creams. It’s the Swiss human rights activist who travels to the four corners of the earth to show solidarity with all the world’s rebels – provided they’ve been defeated. It’s the Spaniard who couldn’t care less about political freedom once he’s been granted sexual freedom. It’s the art lover who wants us to be awestruck before the “modern genius” of a century of artists, from surrealism to Viennese actionism, all competing to see who could best spit in the face of civilization. It’s the cyberneticist who’s found a realistic theory of consciousness in Buddhism and the quantum physicist who’s hoping that dabbling in Hindu metaphysics will inspire new scientific discoveries.
The battle of Algiers dramatizes the urban battle (1954-1960) that happened between the FLN (National Front for the Liberation) and the French paratroopers force aiming towards the decolonization of Algeria in 1962.
This movie, directed by Gille Pontecorvo, was released in 1966 and was banned for five years in France. Just like in Pepe le Moko (1937), the main character here is Algiers’ Casbah, the old labyrinthine city from where the FLN succeeded to get organized and that the French army has transformed in a ghetto highly controlling its different gates.
This battle lost for six years and was eventually won by the French army but annihilating a network of organized resistance does not necessarily mean to destroy the fight this network was leading, therefore two years later, after very important demonstrations in Algeria’ cities, France eventually accept the independence of the country.French army has a pretty long history of urban suppression. The revolutions of 1789, 1830 and 1848 even inspired Napoleon III and his Baron Haussmann to transformed Paris in a secured controllable territory by the creation of a very important amount of large avenues that could be used in a very efficient way by the cavalry and the artillery in case of riots. Nobody can doubt that such an urbanism had something to do with the massacre of the Communards by the Versaille army in 1871.
However, a whole theory of urban guerilla has been invented by XIXth century French revolutionaries lead by the most charismatic of all, Auguste Blanqui. In fact Blanqui developed a whole agenda in order to “smooth the striated space” as Deleuze and Guattari would point out in their treaty of Nomadology (A thousand plateaus).

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I just read an excellent book called The Coming Insurrection (L’insurrection qui vient in French) which is a very well written pamphlet just as there is not so many nowadays. This book written by The Invisible Comity is conceiding absolutely nothing to the system and propose to gather as communes to propose an alternative of society.
It will be released in English this month and is published thanks to the MIT Press (in France it is published by the excellent La Fabrique).
I happen to see an incredible review of it which has been done by Glenn Beck for Fox News. Conceiding in the end that he did not read the book, he nevertheless attacks for five minutes this book (taking advantage to some advertising for his own) quoting contextless sentences and calling the author the Enemy. Anyway, describing this video is not that much usefull, you’d rather watch it yourself considering a lot of people are litteraly driven by this mad guy.