LIFE IS DEAD. DEATH BY LAUGHTER – From 3th of June | to 15th September of 2013

A research residency by Marie Pier Boucher (CA).

During her residency Marie-Pier will conduct research on immunology in order to develop qualitative techniques of measurement to investigate the ways in which architecture can catalyze the feeling of aliveness.
Her aim is to question how the exchanges between artistic and scientific practices can create new cases that go beyond the exploitation of the activity of living beings in new contexts.

Research
Her research focuses on the integration of biotechnology in architectural practice. Instead of asking what happens to life as a conceptual category when it is being fabricated in scientific labs, artistic and architectural studios, her objective is to speculate on what happens to art, design and science practices when life is conceptualised in terms of aliveness. One of her aim is to question how the exchanges between artistic and scientific practices can create new cases that go beyond the exploitation of the activity of living beings in new contexts. In her dissertation, Architectures of Aliveness: To Become Alive across Empty Space, she draws upon bio and neurosciences, historical and contemporary architectural practices, and research on spatial orientation in reduced gravity conditions to investigate how the integration of gravitational changes in architectural structures can catalyse the experience of the feeling of aliveness. Her project’s hypothesis is that the immediacy of the connections between the physical and the mental enabled in reduced gravity conditions produces an excess of potentials that can be concretely used to create organic architectural forms. The premise of her project is that changes in spatial orientation modulate social relations in concrete form. That is, the difference introduced by a gravitational change is relational since it concerns the ways in which elements combine and recombine in space and time. It is also pragmatic because the recombination changes the overall ecology of practices. In brief, she questions how architecture can levitate thought and open up new possibilities for action toward an intensification of well-being, which she refers to as aliveness.

Marie Pier Boucher:

Marie-Pier Boucher is a PhD candidate in the department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her research draws upon speculative pragmatism, bio- and neurosciences, and outer space science, art and technology in adressing spatial and architectural practices. She collaborates on Adaptive Actions, a platform whose aim is to energise the urban fabric (adaptiveactions.net). She is a member of Inflexions editorial collective and co-editor of Heteropolis, Adaptive Actions’ upcoming publication. Her research residencies include Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada, 2011), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Germany, 2010) and SymbioticA, Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts (Australia, 2006).

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