rev·e·nant: 1827, from Fr. revenant, prp. of revenir “to return”; disembodied spirit of a dead person is attested and returns toward its ancient sense.
In the aftermath of advancement in digital computation1 and emergence of ubiquitous media2, data has replaced ideas’ as the epoch of treatise within contemporary architectural discourse; sterile research and indifferent analysis of data has replaced the self-critical thesis and allegorical expression of ideas; software have replaced authorship,computation have replaced the narrative.
What were the consequences of Architect’s naive and hasty embrace of new technology and media, if not the ubiquity of endless data?
If not the death of ideas?
CALL FOR SUBMISSION
‘Revenant: The Undeath of Ideas in Architecture, calls for recent grads from New York City’s architectural institutions (Columbia, Cooper Union, CUNY, Parsons, Pratt, Princeton) to participate in the production and exhibition of self-critical work that reflects the primacy of ‘ideas’ in architectural and urban project, rationalized through introspective, allegorical and/or narrative means.
Utopian, subversive, and/or vanguard proposals are highly encouraged.
The exhibition is an introduction to series of exhibition and publications‡ in an effort to re-recognize and re-commiserate the legacy of ideas as the lexicon of avant-garde in architecture and urbanism. The exhibition’s goal is to critically examine and protest the trend toward marginalization and lost of avant-garde and utopian ideas in contemporary architectural discourse, particularly in architectural practice and architectural education.
To qualify to participate in this exhibition, the prospective artists/architects should submit no less then 5 slides of their work, including project description that reflects the philosophy of the exhibition via ‘wetransfer’ to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a resident of NYC and a recent graduate of the following institutions to qualify, Columbia, Cooper Union, CUNY, Parsons, Pratt, and Princeton. For questions, please contact: email@example.com.