Liquid architecture of thinking networks and thinking in the network

October 24, 2009

I came to an interesting study, which i cannot grasp fully as it is in italian, but it brings out the same aspects, what i have focused in the ecological knowledge ecosystem framework.

Liquid architecture of thinking networks and thinking in the network
Matteo Ciastellardi

Ciastellardi writes that:

The more the body and mind extend into the world, more the world intrudes in the body and mind.

What changes in the context of current electronic forms is also a way of perceiving objects, environments, people, concepts and ideas. The book investigates the interaction between the canonical and rigid forms of a culture of information resources and networks multivocity of thought, reconstructing the paradigm of a model liquid architectures.
It is examining the particular hyper-cultural environment in a world.

The introjection of the external environment provides a sort of equivalence between matter and thought, between the outside and the inside of our body. This phenomenon leads not only to the consciousness of space, but to a different relationship that the man faces in a perspective of ‘different densities’ of the concept of space, and how to deploy it, and how to let explode his thoughts and actions in virtual extension.

Fluid hyper-culture is a new form of relationship among individuals, the media used, and unstructured environments and virtual network in which relations lose all sense of belonging and all forms of distance, in which thought is a place of reproduction of its reticular nature.

Ciastellardi references to Marcos Novak in his preface, that i like particularly:

Marcos Novak, “Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace” from “Cyberspace: First Steps” edited by Michael Benedikt

“”If we described liquid architecture as a symphony in space, this description should still fall short of the promise. A symphony, though it varies within its duration, is still a fixed object and can be repeated. At its fullest expression a liquid architecture is more than that. It is a symphony of space, but a symphony that never repeats and continues to develop. If architecture is an extension of our bodies, shelter and actor for the fragile self, a liquid architecture is that self in the act of becoming its own changing shelter. Like us, it has an identity; but this identity is only revealed fully during the course of its lifetime.” — Marcos Novak

Novak creates, in cyberspace, three-dimensional objects, specifying a scheme for their relations and proportions. A change in the parameters of this scheme results in the transformation of all objects. Those changes are responsive to the viewer; they depend on the viewer.

With “liquid architectures,” the idea is to find an architecture that is based on motion; that unites virtual and physical; and that, through the use of information technology, creates spatial configurations that are constantly mutating. This advent in cyberspace has enforced the emergence of a new concept, one that characterizes the fusion of information, art, and architecture.
“Transarchitectures” is another concept created by Novak. It derives from “liquid architectures” and it emphasizes the idea of places becoming alien, of transforming themselves.
“Transarchitecture” is the intersection of information, in the form of algorithms, and the material world, as robotic prototypes. It is the intermingling of architecture and media, the combination of design and machine/computer.

Novak’s architectural approach to cyberspace creates new aesthetic forms that enable
new forms of action.

Silva assumes that phenomenology and poststructuralism are the most relevant postmodern thoughts on cyberspace.

Intermingling of the bodily presence and space of lived experience enables an opening to sensory approach and revelation of a new reality in architecture: the virtual reality of cyberspace.

Ontology becomes extremely relevant in the study of cyberspace, since it has to do with the experience of things and not with the things as such. This means that one should absorb from cyberspace a new sense of “being” before questioning the nature of the space itself.

The use of the senses, in cyberspace, is externalized through one’s simulated body. And it is through simulation that one deals with the metaphoric representation of space, thus with its liquidity. It is only through simulation that one can overcome the limits of space. Liquidity, or fluidity, is the metaphor used to dismantle those limits.

Another views to liquid, fluid and flowing i have briefly commented here.


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