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Technoecologies: The Interplay of Space and Its Perception

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The essay presents how Technoecologies exhibition at the intersection of art, architecture, and humanities reconceives the relationship between humans and their environment in architecture through prototypes and models that explore emerging forms of bioarchitecture, living systems, and evolving environments. Technoecologies exhibition proposes a metabolic architecture as a provocative alternative approach, being manifested by speculative yet tangible ways (technoutopia vision). Metabolic architecture is contemplated here both literally, and metaphorically. Literally, it deals with material transformations caused by either growth or decay of organic matter. Metaphorically, it relates to immaterial transformations of light or sound caused by environmental or artificial stimuli. Through these processes, metabolism within architecture becomes an apparatus that produces constant changes in form, space, and in user perception. Through a series of concepts/modes such as metamaquettes and installations, the notion of experiment and experience, metabolic aesthetics, the binary of ordinary and illusionary, empathy and vulnerability, as well as public participation and user engagement, Technoecologies exhibition let us envision the possibility of this future world, and its positive and playful aspects.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Bishop, C., Installation Art: A Critical History (London: Tate Publishing, 2014).

  2. 2.

    The interview can be found at: Incerti, G., Ricchi, D., and Simpson, D., “Diller + Scofidio (+ Renfro): The Ciliary Function; Works and Projects 19792007” (Milan: Skira, 2007).

  3. 3.

    Toloudi, Z., “Metamaquette exhibition” (Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, 2015). https://studioart.dartmouth.edu/news/2014/09/zenovia-toloudi-metamaquette. Accessed March 6, 2019.

  4. 4.

    Toloudi, Z., “Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site exhibition” (2019). https://the-bac.edu/experience-the-bac/news-and-events/events/metamaquettes-exhibition. Accessed March 6, 2019.

  5. 5.

    Bijutsukan, M., “Metabolism, the City of the Future: Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-day Japan” (Tokyo: Mori Art Museum, 2011).

  6. 6.

    By guerilla-manner, I mean how the project transforms from temporary to almost permanent: we had suggested the project to stay there for one month and it stayed for more than fifteen years (with the exception of moving to another location due to underground work for metro public transportation).

  7. 7.

    A Temporary Museum of Ideas in the Making exhibition, hosted by Strauss Gallery at Dartmouth College in 2018, presented this manifesto. Visit the link: https://studioart.dartmouth.edu/news/2018/01/temporary-museum-ideas-making.

  8. 8.

    To learn more about the experimental aspect in the exhibitions of Herzog and de Meuron, find the book of Ursprung, P., Herzog & De Meuron: Natural History (Montréal: Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2002).

  9. 9.

    Metamaquette exhibition, hosted by Strauss Gallery at Dartmouth College in 2015, showcased this tautology.

  10. 10.

    (UNCC, UMass).

  11. 11.

    Obrist, H., Installations Are the Answer, What Is the Question? (Oxford Art Journal, 2001), 24(2), 95–101.

  12. 12.

    The concept of Bruno Latour, “World Wide Lab”: https://www.wired.com/2003/06/research-spc/.

  13. 13.

    See Sloterdijk, P., Atmospheric Politics, ed. B. Latour and P. Weibel, Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy (Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press, 2005), 944–951.

  14. 14.

    See the book by Popper F., ArtAction and Participation (New York, New York University Press, 1975).

  15. 15.

    The language of metabolic aesthetics is presented thoroughly in the chapter: Toloudi, Z., Architecture and Living Matter(s): From Art/Architectural Installations to Metabolic Aesthetics, The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, ed. Charissa Terranova and Meredith Tromble (New York: Routledge Press), 197–217.

  16. 16.

    The analysis of the first experiments as part of the Garden Lab exhibition at Mass Art can be found: Toloudi, Z., Natural and Artificial Light as Energy: Experiments in Space, in Proceedings of ACSA 101: New Constellations, New Ecologies (Washington, DC: ASCA Press, 2013), 219–225.

  17. 17.

    How the notion of small operates as social device is presented in “Lilli-pot Spaces” essay, published by MAS Context. Visit the link: http://www.mascontext.com/issues/23-ordinary-fall-14/ordinary-lilli-pot-spaces-rendezvous-in-tokyo/.

  18. 18.

    http://www.illuminusboston.org/project/cyborg-garden.

  19. 19.

    There is a correction here, the final configuration of the installation included 20 plants. .

  20. 20.

    In the essay, “The Capsule as Cyborg Bioarchitecture,” I present four categories / scales of capsules and how they function as cyborg bioarchitectures. For more: Toloudi, Z., The Capsule as Cyborg Bioarchitecture (Technoetic Arts Journal), 14(1–2): Complexism (Intellect Books, 2016), 95–104.

  21. 21.

    The interaction between plants and people in the case of Cyborg Garden is analyzed in the essay: Toloudi, Z. and Ampanavos, S., “On Interdependent Metabolic Structures: The Case of Cyborg Garden,” Human Computer Interaction International Conference Proceedings (Springer, 2018).

  22. 22.

    How this community operates is presented through the fictional essay: Toloudi, Z., “Hacking Light, Organs Everywhere,” ed. Simone Ferracina, Vol. 5 (New York, NY, 2017), 140–147.

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Toloudi, Z. (2021). Technoecologies: The Interplay of Space and Its Perception. In: Rapti, V., Gordon, E. (eds) Ludics. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7435-1_6

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