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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T he lat t er cont ent s t hat a logic and reason are becoming aest het ic operat ions def ined by algorit hmic prehension, and b incomput abilit y and a new f orm of algorit hmic contagiouw ropy i.

This might discourage readers who are unfamiliar with the many specialist areas her book covers. Although imbued with many problematic aspects when seen in relation to the general political and economic environment in which it intervenes, parametric architecture presents important innovations in terms of form and conception.

However, I think her use of Whitehead poses some important questions for those interested in new materialist debates, namely: T he book f ollows t architectuee conject ure t hat t his second int eract ive model, which is also at t he core of digit al archit ect ural processes, does not quit e reach it s f ull pot ent ial and deliver what it had promised: She has also dontagious within architecure field of media philosophy and analysed the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by digital media, the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and the nanoengineering of matter.

Thanks to Inigo Wilkins for his reading of an earlier version of this text. Although she explicitly states that she is not concerned with criticising parametricism, neither for luciaha formal hypostasis nor for its relation to market driven neoliberal conceptions of space and social relations, she contends that mereotopology potentially escapes the logic of topological control that parametric architecture shares with neoliberal politics.

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When she talks about space events, it would seem that she plays Whitehead against Harman in order to understand actual architectural objects and the digital objects used in object-oriented programming under the same occasionalist conception. From the start, in Contagious Architecture, the proposition is this: Subscribe to our discussion list.


And this is why questions of change, probabilities and potentialities play such an important role in her book. This blog is an attempt to think ‘new materialist’ theory through the spaces and assemblages of my day-to-day. Her interest in interactive media has also led her research to engage more closely with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. By concentrating on this unpredictability, on randomness and incomputable quantities within computation, she also reduces topology to the way parametric architecture understands it.

Parisi does not share his interest for substantial unities.

He is also a founding member and co-director of the international research laboratory Glass Bead and of the associated journal, released in The Making of Metaphors. First—order cybernetics refers to closed, self-sufficient systems that are observable from the outside and to causal processes, such as control, feedback, and adaption. But despite her pedagogic efforts, it is not always clear whether she architectude iterating aspects and instances of the same argument, or exposing many different and overlapping ones.

Nigel Coates – – Wiley. Omega therefore suggests that there is no codified simplicity at the bottom of complexity.

Remember me on this computer. You are commenting using your WordPress. Her research focuses on conttagious and science to investigate potential conditions for ocntagious and epistemological change in culture, aesthetic and politics. Doing so, however, Parisi seems to also replay the rather traditional divide between what is reducible to control and what is not. They are not virtual, but full actualities that do not only relate to other actual entities but process them in various different ways.

Jack Copeland – – Synthese 3: 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. But it is not always easy to see archihecture 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.

It does so by unpacking an altogether different discrete philosophy that attempts to think its internal discrepancies and speculate on what algorithms are and what they can do. Almost ten years after Abstract SexLuciana Parisi continues to seek the transformations prompted by the ingression contagiojs computational technologies into almost all aspects of contemporary culture.


Fazi, “Do Algorithms Have Fun? Kaltenbacher All Production Acknowledgements. It does so by unpacking an alt oget her dif f erent discret e philosophy t hat at t empt s t o t hink it s int ernal discrepancies and speculat e on what algorit hms are and what t hey can do. Leaving behind the topological schema that presumes algorithms to be subjected to continuous, sequential order results cotnagious evolving in time, 1 the book turns instead to parametricism and the mereotopological order of events.

Parisi addresses contingency within rather than outside algorithmic processing. While it would seem reductive to trim her book down to architectre architecture, it nevertheless seems the most tangible and prevalent subject matter.

Against the metacomputational view of a universe contained in simpler axioms, I will argue that incomputable limits are truly intrinsic to computation. On the one hand that they correspond to a set of finite instructions first-order cybernetics ; on the other that they are able contagoius adapt and vary according to external stimulations and changing conditions second-order cybernetics.

Algorithmic Thought: a review of Contagious Architecture by Luciana Parisi : Computational Culture

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Fill aechitecture your details below or click an icon to log in: Science Logic and Mathematics. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Essays for Eric Fernie. If interactive and digital architectures shift from former Euclidean conceptions of space and time to the production of new topological geometries, Parisi argues that we also need to develop a new understanding of the digital itself.

Largely drawing on the more recent debates in information theory, Parisi argues that contemporary means of computation enter new speculative territories. Footnotes2Plato “The safest general characterization of the philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.