Columbia GSAPP, Fall 2012
critics: François ROCHE & Ezio BLASETTI w/ Farzin LOTFI-JAM
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Pablo COSTA FRAIZ & Matt MILLER: SCENARIO
harvest is not the end///
The fields of agriculture are used for interior and exterior consumption . . . the land mass is filled with a strong biological system that supports a rich multitude of species . . . it is one more biological particular system. As harvest cycle passes multiple formal conditions are multiplied, folded . . . other new are happening. . . . the biotype cycle is being corrupted by the association of inhabitants of the biotype . . . slavers of the uncertainty of this cycle.
The corruption appears as a collaborative agent in order to redefine the DNA of the area, helping harvest the agriculture. Introducing torture to the existing biotype, fear takes over and drives all biological systems through the harvest. It uses the agriculture with the intention to create a structure for the workers, a community based not only in humans but also on a high intensity of animal types. The loop of vegetation that can be harvested, as well as those that have begun to decompose, cutting them, and accumulating them in dry areas, always escaping from the fear . . . the sun & humidity.
escapism & nomadism///
The workers that seek refuge from their existing world find themselves moving towards the unknown. By escaping their environment they realize this new environment it possesses fear and relaxation, a tension feed by the calm and the aggressive simultaneously . . . humans feel para(arach)nophobia . . . spiders cause a strange environment tormenting the inhabitants as the same time that provide shelter . . . The inhabitants slip deeper into the abyss by the screening action of spiders from stimuli . . . exterior and interior are no different any more.
As the sugarcane structure system begins to decompose, the spiders are driven by their fear of the water, a schizophrenia of death, the dream of the nomad, the nostalgic of a diffuse past . . . the inhabitants re-appear from their decomposed canopies and follow the fresh shadows. A new harvest of sugarcane grows under, then through the decomposed structure re-emerges.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
PCF & MM: Well, Francois Roche and Ezio Blasetti were an important part in the development of this project because of their unique vision. Apart from that, we were very interested in the accidental architectures which nature is capable of generating. We really want to uncover these situations that a long time ago were pseudo-architectures, but which nowadays nobody pays attention to. It was an exercise from the border of the discipline but with the intention to attack the trite core of it.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
PCF & MM: The ability of Central and South American dictatorships to manipulate people drove somehow the design. Fidel Castro’s speeches were a fantastic reading. Also some revisions of Deleuze, Guattari, Derrida and other post-structuralists. Meanwhile, we discovered the raw attitude of Lech Kowalski behind the camera among daily Netflix series. We just listened to American oldies, in a very dogmatic and exclusive way.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
PCF & MM: Stephan Henrich and Piranesi, for instance.
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