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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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She has also written within the field of media philosophy and analysed the bionic contagioua of the perceptive sensorium triggered by digital media, the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and the nanoengineering of matter. Ranging from computation and digital metaphysics to algorithmic objects, aesthetics and architecture, the book multiplies points of theoretical intervention. But for Whitehead as well as Spinoza, it simply does not follow that thought fundamentally finds its ground in the neurophysiology of the human brain.

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Nigel Coates – – Wiley. By plugging int o t he mereot opological schema, which unlike t opology denies any reciprocit y bet ween cont rol and event s, Chapt er T wo argues t hat paramet ricism can expose t he increasing aut onomy of algorit hmic ent it ies, quant it ies, and paramet ers f rom human t hought.

As an example of this reductionist tendency, Parisi cites the work of celebrated neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, drawing particular attention to his reading of Spinoza see Looking for Lucina Notify me of new comments via email. History architrcture Western Philosophy. Within the field of architecture, parametricism can be said to define design practices using modelling software to generate forms from the differential encoding of different parameters — from cost estimation and energy usage, to circulation flows, noise, geological constraints and geographical conditions.

Leaving behind the topological schema that presumes algorithms to be subjected to continuous, sequential order results and evolving in time, 1 the book turns instead to parametricism and the mereotopological order of events.

Therefore algorithms are actual objects that prehend both the formal system into which they belong but also the external data they retreat. Parisi articulates highly abstract points and precise examples at an incredible speed. What enables, probes, and unleashes this urgency to rethink the digital by speculating that we do not even know what it can do? View the discussion thread.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Omega t heref ore suggest s t hat t here is no codif ied simplicit y at t he bot t om of complexit y. David Goldblatt – – Evental Aesthetics 1 3: If digit al design can be seen as an inst ance of sof t t houghtit can also help demonst rat e t hat t his mode of t hought is act ually a f orm of immanent experience, not reducible t o new spat iot emporal phenomenological experiences.

Andrea Sauchelli – – Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 23 Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire Continuum.

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. Prometheus Books, ; Process and Reality: It is part of a wider attempt to overturn what is meant by the digital and to challenge its casual associations with interactivity, communication, and control, as inherited from the first wave of cybernetics and still haunting digital culture, art, and theory today.

T his view is very dif f erent f rom t he t opological st andpoint of paramet ricism, t he current global st yle of f luid archit ect ure, which assumes event s as deriving f rom a relat ional cont inuit y bet ween inf init esimal contqgious s of cont ingencies t hat lie out side t he program.

Against the metacomputational view of a universe contained in simpler axioms, I will argue that architecgure limits are truly intrinsic to computation. But the book as a whole engages this problem head on, suggesting that it is in fact precisely the dissolution of that distinction that needs to be addressed.

Omega def ines an algorit hmically incompressible real number locat ed somewhere bet ween 0 and coontagious which at some afchitecture in it s calculat ion f orces t he limit ed resources of any comput er t o come t o a halt. Yet, neither does Parisi want to see everything vanishing into open-ended series of processes. This Journal is powered by WordPress Theme: 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.


From this standpoint, it seems quite difficult to understand why Parisi needs to introduce a categorisation of digital and computational processes in terms of algorithmic objects. My research explores theoretical approaches to materialism within the social sciences, taking inspiration from the work of Guattari, Deleuze and Whitehead.

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While it would seem reductive to trim her book down archhitecture parametric architecture, it nevertheless seems the most tangible and prevalent subject matter. Contrary to the understanding of computation in terms of pure instrumental rationalism, Parisi develops the idea that it needs to be conceived in terms of speculative reason.

In Whitehead, prehensions define what an actual occasion event is and how it relates to others.

Radical Art and the Regenerate City. In a note on pageParisi writes: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Largely drawing on the more recent debates in information theory, Parisi argues that contemporary means of computation enter new speculative territories.

The New Ecological Paradigmeds. In so doing, it brings f ort h t he pot ency of an unlived realit y inseparable f rom comput at ion and lurking in t he shadows of t he everyday.

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Krystyna Najder-Stefaniak – – Dialogue and Universalism 17 Kaltenbacher All Production Acknowledgements. Omega, thus, is used to challenge a discrete model of the universe as well as permit room for conceiving number outside the confines of finite, perfect, precise mathematical models.

These space events are actual architectures of relation that define what cannot be reduced to topological control: And it is mainly at this level that Parisi engages her discussion. 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. Second-order cybernetics, which Parisi argues constitutes the dominant interactive paradigm of capitalism today, revolves around the idea that the observer is also part of the system and concerns notions of reflexivity, self-organisation, autopoiesis, the contingency of environmental factors, and the indeterminacy of living systems.