SISYPHUS. HIS PRISMATIC COMMUNICATION AND HIS DEALINGS WITH WHAT IS PUZZLING

Manuscript for the New Materialism Conference in Warsaw “Performing Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, Vulnerability” 21 -23 September 2016 abstract My paper will relate Serres’ personification of Sisyphus to the naive and intuitive notion that the role of „information“ be a kind of „elementary patch“—not really an element and not really a particle either, more like ...

Symbolic Solids or: The Contract of the Architect

* This is the manuscript version of my forthcoming article for a book edited by José Aragüez: The Building (Lars Müller publishers, 2016). “A computational approach enables architecture to be embedded with an extraordinary degree of information.“ (Michael Hansmeyer: www.michaelhansmeyer.com) I would like to discuss three of Michael Hansmeyer’s recent experiments in computational architecture (Platonic Solids (2009), ...

Architectonic disposition: ichnography, scenography, orthography

 by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. In his Ten Books on Architecture, the Roman architect Vitruvius gathered all the existent knowledge on architecture in one comprehensive treaty including the building of temples, of course, but also the construction of clocks (gnomon, sun-dials) and the fabrication of machinery. The dedicated aim of gathering all the distributed knowledge ...

Invariance

by Vera Bühlmann author’s manuscript. The main inclination this article will try to develop concerns a danger that Michel Serres has stated as follows: not to confuse invariance and identity.[1] Jacques Monod, to whom Serres refers with this statement, has pointed out the source of this likely confusion with regard to what he calls the ...

Negentropy

author’s manuscript, work in progress (Vera Bühlmann). “Thought interfers with the probability of events, and, in the long run, therefore, with entropy”.[1] The term “negentropy” is born from this very situation. It was introduced by Schrödinger to distinguish biological systems from physical systems, and then generalized by Léon Brillouin into the domain of information theory. ...

A Quantum City // Book Launch

Can we find the City in today’s urban landscapes? Can we accommodate the urban in the City? How can we come to terms with the theorem central to information science, that information cannot be acquired without paying a price, that the nature of information is negentropic (Leon Brillouin, Michel Serres) ? What does that imply ...

Harlequin’s Cornucopia

* this is a draft version of a short text for an upcoming exhibition with the Swiss Performance artist Heinrich Lüber (www.lueber.net) Harlequin’s cornucopia by Vera Bühlmann 0 given be: the announcement of a statement by Heinrich Lüber, placed within a curated series called „The Process of Performance“, promising the artists presence for two hours ...

The Contract of the Architect

* This is the draft version of my article for a book edited by José Aragüez: The Building (Lars Müller publishers, forthcoming). “A computational approach enables architecture to be embedded with an extraordinary degree of information.“ (Michael Hansmeyer: www.michaelhansmeyer.com) The Contract of the Architect by Vera Bühlmann I would like to discuss three of Michael Hansmeyer’s recent ...