Creating an Ethico-Aesthetics for Digital Architecture
2005 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
A practical philosophy requires that one install oneself in the midst of things such that abstract propositions can lead toward the concrete manner in which one pursues a life. By living out propositions, and, we could add, by creating concepts, Gilles Deleuze suggests that one finds oneself to be Spinozist without having understood why. The question of a way of life concerns affects, the capacity to be affected, and to affect others. Architecture is a practical discipline apt to create blocs of sensations through the circulation of affects, concepts and percepts. Though the role of architecture should be considered distinct from that of philosophy, a vibrant traffic in ideas continues to pass between the disciplines. At least since the nineteen-eighties, architectural thinkers have shown a pronounced interest in the work of Deleuze. Though this fascination would appear to have diminished somewhat, the conceptual assemblage constructed between Deleuze and Félix Guattari toward the practice of a creative philosophy continues to inform the emergence of what has been nominated digital architecture. The deceptively liberating promise of digital architecture, which suggests to the designer a plethora of formal permutations, even deformations, and novel techniques, obfuscates the embeddedness of the architectural artefact (whether material or imagined) in a socio-cultural and political milieu. The very same architectural form can create effects of power that are, from one point of view, affirmative of existence, and from another, repressive. With this paper I will speculate on the possibility of engaging with an ethico-aesthetic practice for digital architecture. Ethics, Deleuze argues, constitutes “a typology of immanent modes of existence”, and displaces morality, “which always refers existence to transcendent values”.How might an ethico-aesthetic, creative practice of architecture be inaugurated for a discipline that remains, for the most part, formalist in its preoccupations?
Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza Practical Philosophy, trans. Trans. Robert Hurley (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1988), p. 23.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ethico-aesthetics, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, emergence, immanence
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Architecture
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-63493DiVA: diva2:492359
Conference held at the School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne, and MSCP (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy), Melbourne, Australia, 22 – 24 June, 2005
QC 201209202012-02-072012-01-232012-09-20Bibliographically approved