cinematic architecture

Based on the Cinematic Architecture Manifesto by Pascal Schoning the book Cinematic Architecture features a collection of projects conducted by students in the Architectural Association of London.

memory becomes a reconstruction of the past while time leaves the imprint of its power of incompletion

the past lies in wait for its reconstruction

architecture as an approach to time transparency

time based architectural construction

a time spaciality

matter times process equals physicality

a solid state/materialistic architecture ———-> energized everchanging process of illuminated and enlightening event appearances

we question the idea of a spacial permanence as a basis for design and its only outcome

architecture as light
…precise deployment of light as a device to challenge accepted perceptions of physical reality


See also


The Invisible Shapes of Things Past (1995-2007)

The Invisible Shapes of Things Past are parametric translations of movies into space. Single frames from a film sequence are lined up in space,

according to the camera movement with which they were shot. Through this translation of single frames consisting of single pixels

(picture elements) into space, objects of voxels (volume elements) are generated.


multiple assemblages

excerpts from materializing new media, by anna munster…

Considering the digital as machinic, then, means that we think about technology as a part of an ensamble that differentially combines the capacities and functions of its matter flows in relation to the other elements of that assemblege. Thus we cannot know ahead of time the actual nature of technological forms or technologically inflected formations. The machinic is not a model for producing a global morphogenisis of technologies. But given that one limit of the machinic pulls specific elements such as the digital toward a dynamic manifold of virtualities, we can say confidently that there will always be other ways for conceiving of, manifesting, and experiencing digital culture.

_  anna munster

Our world is  govered not only by non-linear dynamics, which makes detailed prediction and control impossible, but also by non-linear combinatorics, which implies that the number of possible mixtures of meshwork & heirarchy of command and market or centralization and decentralization are immense and that we simply cannot predict what the emergent properties of these combinations will be.
_manuel de landa

einstein on the beach

phillip glass reflecting on the work of robert wilson

…a theatrical sense of  time space and movement


an outside review of einstein on the beach

…then with no consious awareness I crossed a threshhold and found that the music was touching me, carrying me with it. I began to percieve within it a whole world where change happens slowly and carefully, that each harmony or rhythmic addition or subtraction seemed ____


on phase synchronization

…work based on the extended repetition of breif elegant fragments that weave in and out of an aural tapestry, deviod of tradtional western musical events.

… immersed in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns surrounds, develops

… sounds like wheels inside of wheels


* quotes from box set insert of Eienstien on the Beach, a 5 hour opera composed by Phillip Glass and directed and designed by Robert Wilson, originally featuring dancer Lucinda Childs



brian massumi_ ongoing quotes

Massumi on Negroponte’s Being Digital + Interface

Text found here

interface, for interfaces’ sake.

The role of the interface is to filter the bombardment.

fetish for circulation

…supplanting, Marx’s labor-value with information value.

The materiality of its body and the body’s organizing capacity (its desire, expressed as a will to mastery, coded as a thought-form)–are neutralized in the transmission of ordering back into that space. The human sows its self in formation.

At the Negropontean interface, the human merges into the hard materiality and adaptive programming of the techno-connection, the interface at which it materializes as insistently as it self-abstracts, in an unresolvable dialectic.

A body that succeeds in controlling connective and circulation by externalizing itself in it, loses control in exact proportion to which it gains it.