Index of Titles Filed Under 'Catastrophe'

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PublisherNEWPALMYRA2015
NEWPALMYRA is: A Digital Archaeology project, collecting data from international partners, analyzing it, creating a reconstruction of Palmyra in virtual space, and sharing the models and data in the public domain. We are using digital tools to preserve the heritage sites being actively deleted by ISIS. A Cultural Development project, hosting live workshops and building a network of artists, technologists, archaeologists, architects, and others to research, construct models, and create artistic works. A Curatorial project, creating exhibitions and experiences in museums and institutions globally, celebrating the cultural heritage of Syria and the world through the lens of architecture embodying culture and power. Together with ...
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Catastrophe arrives, traditionally, in the manner of an accident: from the Latin accidens, meaning accident or chance; from accido, to fall out, come to pass, happen, occur. The accident is, in short, that which happens to us: it comes from without, and takes us by surprise.3 “We are passive with respect to the disaster,” writes Blanchot in The Writing of the Disaster, “but the disaster is perhaps passivity.” To experience catastrophe is to enter into the condition of passivity. This passivity is directly linked to the externality of the catastrophe: that it appears to arrive from outside the system. That ...
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Even before 2017’s floods, fires and explicit nuclear threat, the doomsday clock had been ticking towards midnight, spurred on by the warming planet and the hothead in the White House. Survivalists have been around since the 1930s, but all of a sudden, prepping (making plans for civilizational annihilation) started to feel like the not-crazy thing to do. But how to go about it? Become a one-person militia and stock up on camo and bullets? If you’re a too-rich tech bro, you disrupt the apocalypse: get Lasik, build a panic room and buy an apartment in a luxury tower submerged below ...
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PublisherAtlas Shelters2017
Atlas Survival Shelters in Montebello was started by a man who makes luxury metal doors for Beverly Hills homes. After having difficulty finding a proper bomb shelter, he decided to build his own. Visiting Atlas, you only get a whiff of the Right Wing Prepper tendencies that seem to inform the place, like a magazine they make about bunkers with a cover showing an armed man surveying the landscape behind a stack of sandbags. On their website, hundreds of photographs show their corrugated metal shelters furnished in a midwestern style, complete with decorative oar, a painting of dogs playing poker, ...
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Publisheronestar press2015
I have produced an “empty book” where the front and back covers share the same photograph from Reuters that reported on two different earthquakes in two different countries at two different times. For this artist book edition, a pounded gold leaf† produced in Bangkok, Thailand has been inserted. The value of the gold from Thailand is equal to the cost of the book’s production cost in Orthez, France. The gold leaf and this book share the same value even if created from two very different points of departure. † Note that flipping of the pages of this book will pulverize and disperse ...
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Publishere-flux2020
On the occasion of the Taipei Biennial 2020 and together with the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), this special issue of e-flux journal will also be available to read in Chinese in 2021. Titled “You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet,” the issue deals with an increasingly pressing situation: people “around” the world no longer agree on what it means to live “on” earth—to such a radical extent that the foundational material and existential categories of “earth” and “world” are profoundly destabilized. It was often said at the beginning of Trump’s time in office that he had no ...
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PublisherMeson Press2021
Earth and Beyond in Tumultuous Times offers a critical exploration of the Anthropocene concept. It addresses the urgent geopolitical and environmental questions raised by the new geological epoch. How are we to rethink landscapes, such as river deltas, oceans, or outer space? How can we create spaces for resistance and utopic dreaming? This volume confronts these questions by charting how space and place are constructed, deconstructed, and negotiated by humans and non-humans under conditions of globally entangled consumption, movement, and contamination. The essays in this volume are complemented by artistic interventions that offer a poetics for a harmed planet and ...
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PublisherCoobri2015
This video of the Henderson House inspired me to get in touch with Mark Voelker to take a tour. The house was build by Girard Henderson (the former director of Avon) in 1978 and was a model residence for his company “Underground World Homes.” Voelker is part of the ALCOR Life Extension Foundation, a group that purchased the Henderson House to entice High Net Worth individuals to sign up to be frozen. When he was showing me around the 15,200 square foot suburban luxury bunker, he explained that the only things they have added to the space are a demonstration Cryogenic chamber ...
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PublisherStrelka Institute2020
The foreseeable future of planet earth will unfold in responsability not only to cool its surface but to design and embrace life beyond a countdown to ecological collapse. Atmospheric insulation is accumulating in response to the energy infrastructures of human activity, calling for a re-composition of instruments already in place. The Lexicon of Climate Intervention assembles seemingly unrelated instruments that collectively demonstrate how to bring these challenges back down to earth, mitigating future emissions and rewriting historical ones.The unifying factor of all lexicon entries, what renders them comparable to and interactive with one another is their contribution to a scale ...
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The Parasophia Chronicle is a series of electronic publications edited by the Parasophia Office. Its main purpose is to present a public record of the office’s research, including lecture transcripts and other records of the Open Research Program. The inaugural issue of the Parasophia Chronicle features an original essay written by Mr. Akira Mizuta Lippit’s based on his lecture.
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PublisherNN Contemporary Art2022
Your people have lived in your Haven for thousands of years. It protected you. The experience has changed you. Now they’re sending an expedition to the surface. What will you find there? Has the damaged world healed? Do you have what it takes to survive? Lost Eons: Land of Iron is an interactive tabletop role-playing game exploring the future of Northamptonshire. The project employs gaming methodologies to engage audiences in a speculative design thinking exercise, to develop feedback and creative consultation across this moment of radical change for the town, with the forthcoming opening of NN’s new home at 24 Guildhall ...
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PublisherHatje Cantz2012
This title will be available soon. My dear friend, Quite some time has passed since my last letter, and there are a few urgent matters that I would like to tell you about. One day, when I was writing the place-name “Kassel” on my smartphone, I made a mistake and the word was automatically corrected by the intelligent digital device to “Kabul.” This made me think of the conflicted relationship between the technologies of communication on the one hand, and intentionality and language on the other. In turn, that made me think about conflicts in general (that is, not just war), and then ...

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