Domestic Landscapes. Labor, Abstraction and Bachelor Machines.
A Theory Seminar and a Design Studio at the School of Architecture of RomaTre University in Rome. With Marco Burrascano, Simone Capra, Luca Catalano, Francesco Cellini, Francesco Marinelli, Paolo Mezzalama
“The problems of point-line-plane-volume, the facts of square-circle-triangle, the mysteries of central-peripheral-frontal-oblique-concavity-convexity, of right angle, of perpendicular, of perspective, the comprehension of sphere-cylinder-pyramid, the question of structure-construction-organization, the question of scale, of position, the interest in post-lintel, wall-slab, the extent of a limited field, of an unlimited field, the meaning of a plan, of section, the meaning of spatial expansion- spatial compression spatial tension, the direction of regulating lines, of grid, the forces of implied extension, the relationship of figure to ground, of number to proportion, of measurement to scale, of symmetry to asymmetry, of diamond to diagonal, the hidden forces, the ideas of configuration, the static with the dynamic, all begin to take on the form of a vocabulary." – John Hejduk, Mask of Medusa, 1980
When life is put at work, any distinction between production and reproduction time, labor and non-labor, public and private space ceases to exist. From its first phases to its most recent development, capitalism could be defined as an obstinate attempt to parasite the generic human ability to produce, to fabricate an environment, to project: or in other words, to inhabit the world. Contemporary forms of production are based on affects, personal relations and care activities, exchanges of knowledge and communication more than on material efforts and assembly lines. In this sense, the seminar will propose a meditation on the household domain and the domestic labor as primary sources of production, which through time became both a paradigm of exploitation and a battlefield for resistance and emancipation: the place where labor in its indeterminacy creates new forms of life and where architecture explores the formulation and destruction of its own language.