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Charles Anderson: Touch This
RMIT University, Melbourne Australia.
2010 (English)In: Landscape Architecture Australia, ISSN 1833-4814, Vol. 127, 31-32 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Nearly one hundred years ago now, a man walked into a room and dropped three pieces of string, each measuring a meter long, from the height of one meter onto a stretched horizontal canvas so that they fell in three curved lengths, twisting as they pleased. He called his experiment the Three Standard Stoppages. How long is a piece of string? One meter subsequently reconfigured to create a new unit of length depending on how it falls.

Some ten years ago now a man walks into his studio and discovers that effluent from his leaky roof has been seeping unnoticed through a stack of papers. As the paper thirstily absorbs the liquid, discoloured blotches descend through the layers forming an inverted pyramid. The peak of the pyramid marks the point of exhaustion of the liquid. Sheets of time have been captured as though in stop motion, and from this happy accident the exigency of creation emerges. He knows that stochastic or chance-based procedures demand patience and a great amount of exactitude: don’t leave them up to blind chance. The man attempts to repeat the accident using medical as well as bodily fluids. He also collects other stains, for instance, captured photographically from discarded mattresses. How big is a landscape? As big as the stain on a discarded bed mattress.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media , 2010. Vol. 127, 31-32 p.
Keyword [en]
Charles Anderson, Duchamp, Three Standard Stoppages, Isabelle Stengers and Prigogene
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Architecture
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87058OAI: diva2:501341
QC 20120214Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-14Bibliographically approved

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