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  • Conventional Readymades

    Anthony MOREY, "Conventional Readymades."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    advisor: Dwayne OYLER.
    special advisor: Thom MAYNE.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Anthony MOREY: As architects, we have a common language, a frame of thought that allows us to jump between minds, worlds, and ideas. . . .

    We must not cast these forms aside, but to the contrary, we must master them, know them from within; know where they can not suffice, wonder if they are up for the task at hand. Conventions are only defined only by our use of them. As a method of producing, architects make a “plan” that forces them into a framework, that pushes them to the reforms and the stringent ideals of architectural convention-ness: the plan, section, elevation and model. Submitting to these conventions is a critical moment of reduction. Thus, translation instead of reduction is key in fostering suspension of disbelief and allowing for associations to be found or lost, not dictated. Leaping, then, capable of bringing together impossible moments and ideas, provides us with a way to breakthrough. Youth’s naiveté allows for such leaping. Untied to historical restraint, allowing the non-sequacious leap as a tool of ludic disruption to retrieve adults lost naiveté, it is possible to delay the conventioning of an idea. Allowing for answers to appear before questions, exploiting the impossibility of architectural conventions as absolutes, embracing fragility and slipperiness, one becomes both the autonomous author and autonomous spectator. The spectator then becomes a variable; their deciphering, their interpretation becomes an instrumental part of the production.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AM: The Dada movement in art; the surrealist manifestos; Jeffrey Kipnis’s writings on qualities; and children’s drawings of houses, dogs, trees, and the things we (adults) take for granted.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AM: Reading: Slavoj Žižek; Duchamp; Dada; André Breton; Salvador Dalí; Perfect Acts of Architecture; and Dr. Seuss.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AM: Thom Mayne; Oyler Wu Collaborative; Perry Kulper; Neil Denari; Eric Owen Moss; Jeffrey Kipnis; Hernan Diaz Alonso; Jimenez Lai; Ruy Klein; Studio Antares; Jeff Koons; and Mike Nesbit.

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    Thanks and credit to everyone at SCI-Arc for the constant feedback and conversations through the whole process. And, to my close friends who constantly had me asking them advice at all hours of the night.

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