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Fragile and Violent: Tactics of Interruption
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8752-5712
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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“Its cramped space forces each individual intrigue to connect immediately to politics. The individual concern thus becomes all the more necessary, indispensable, magnified, because a whole other story is vibrating within it.” – Gilles Deleuze, ‘Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature’


The story in this presentation commences from the mess, blood, dirt, love that splash on and pollute the neat glossy pages of mainstream architectural representation, texts and images. An odor that tears down the rendered sections of an unbuilt architectural space. A monstrous voice that interrupts the words of professionalism. The story includes but is not limited to feminism. It breaks from mainstream feminism to politics of care and love. It’s about amateurism. The story is about counter-hegemonic practices in architecture that moves along Chantal Mouffe’s ‘strategies of engagement’[1], but goes awry to tactics of interruption; practices that produce temporal critical alternatives, and thereby disrupt the existing orders and fixed meanings. The performers in this practice are the uninvited, the excluded, the parts that have no part, those who don’t fit into any predefined categories. In the form of ‘minor architecture’ (Stoner/Bloomer), interrupting practices take place in the shadows of ‘major architecture’ (Tafuri) and create situations for the ‘encounter of incompatibilities’ (Rancière) such as fragility and violence. This story examines the encounter of such incompatibilities through practices of interruption.

[1] Mouffe. Ch. 2015. Artistic Strategies in Politics and Political Strategies in Art. In: Malzacher, F. Truth Is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics. Berlin: SternbergPress. P.

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Feminism, architecture, fragility, violence, interruption
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-196930OAI: diva2:1049918
Architecture and Feminism. 13th International AHRA Conference. KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) November 17—19, 2016 Stockholm, Sweden

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Available from: 2016-11-26 Created: 2016-11-26 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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