Living Labor and Generic Architecture.
A Theory Seminar at the UIC School of Architecture in Chicago. Participants:
Paul Adejokun, Kassandra Alvarez, Michael D'souza, Sama Jafarnejad, Andrew Jennings, Chiara Giulianotti, Paul Mosley, Andreina Yepez, Jacqueline Buckley, Nidhi Sharma, Jana Yeboahm, Roya Zanjani
To Upton Sinclair, at the turn of the last century Chicago was a colossal slaughterhouse mathematically orchestrated by financial monopolies and fed by an undistinguishable horde of animals and workers. Long before the development mass-production and the emergence of the social factory, Sinclair predicted the evolution of a vast bio-political apparatus in describing the rapid growth of Chicago: a machine able to process people, energy, goods and information through a seamless logistical infrastructure. Nevertheless, Sinclair’s jungle is not so far from the present neoliberal conditions of production, wherein the totality of life and the whole aggregate of material, intellectual and affective human capacities has been progressively constrained within the laws of market exchange. Moving from Sinclair’s novel, the seminar surveys past and present forms of production and meditates upon the increasing genericness of contemporary architecture.