Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2014. 106 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-0-615-98783-5. DOI: 10.21983/P3.0064.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $27.00 in print: paperbound/4.25 X 6.88 in., full color.

Our species has made a declaration. Let us call this the Reversible Destiny Declaration. We will not just take it anymore. We will no longer throw ourselves into the mortality waste-baskets. Shall we put it in the following gentle but firm way? Oh yes we shall! Enough is enough. We have decided not to die. And how do we go about doing this? Through architectural procedures, made explicitly to help us reconfigure ourselves. If you do not yet know what an architectural procedure is, you will know soon. Start with this declaration, and never back away from it: we have decided not to die.

~ Madeline Gins

The Funambulist Pamphlets 8: Arakawa + Madeline Gins

The Funambulist Pamphlets is a series of small books archiving articles published on The Funambulist, collected according to specific themes. These volumes propose a different articulation of texts than the usual chronological one. The eleven volumes are respectively dedicated to Spinoza, Foucault, Deleuze, Legal Theory, Occupy Wall Street, Palestine, Cruel Designs, Arakawa + Madeline Gins, Science Fiction, Literature, and Cinema. See all published pamphlets HERE.

Volume 8 is dedicated to The Reversible Destiny Foundation created by Arakawa and Madeline Gins. The Foundation is much more than an architectural practice. It articulates art, philosophy, poetry, architecture and, to some extent, science in a dialogue that benefits each of these disciplines and ultimately serves one of the most radical ideas that apply to architecture: the action of non-dying. Guest authors include Shingo Tsuji, Stanley Shostak, Russell Hughes, and Jean-François Lyotard.

Vol. 8_Arakawa + Madeline Gins includes: Introduction: Towards an Architecture of Joy — Architectures of Joy: A Spinozist Reading of Parent/Virilio and Arakawa/Gins’s Architecture — Applied Spinozism: Architectures of the Sky vs. Architectures of the Earth — Architecture of the Conatus: “Tentative Constructing Towards a Holding in Place” — Architectures of Joy: A Conversation Between Two Puzzle Creatures [Part A] — Architectures of Joy: A Conversation Between Two Puzzle Creatures [Part B] — Domesticity in the Reversible Destiny’s Architectural Terrains — Reversible Destiny Loft in Action: A Tentative Report from a Resident (by Shingo Tsuji) — A Subversive Approach to the Ideal Normalized Body — The Counter-Biopolitical Bioscleave Experiment Imagined (by Stanley Shostak) — Funambulist Paper #35 / DIY Biopolitics: The Deregulated Self (by Russell Hughes) — Letter from Jean-François Lyotard to Arakawa and Madeline Gins — Architectures for Non-Dying Creatures: The Artistic-Philosophical-Poetic-Architectural Work of Arakawa and Gins — “All Men Are Sisters”: A Joy Named Madeline Gins


The Funambulist Pamphlets is published as part of the Documents Initiative imprint of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.

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