REVERSIBLE DESTINY ░░ WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE ░░ GUGGENHEIM CATALOGUE

Reversible Destiny/We Have Decided Not to Die

(Guggenheim Museum, Exhibition Catalogue with essays, 1997)

"Reversible destiny houses and cities will not allow us to be complacent about a set of givens of our environment that we must realize are not given but formed by our perceptions."

- Michael Govan, director of the LACMA

Reversible Destiny - Arakawa/Gins is a 300 page, folio-sized catalogue produced in accompaniment of Arakawa and Gins’ 1997 retrospective exhibition Reversible Destiny - Arakawa/Gins at the Guggenheim Museum-SoHo. The publication contains an introduction by exhibition organizer Michael Govan, the current director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a long-standing admirer of Arakawa and Gins’ work. The catalogue features the paintings, prints, photographs, and architectural renderings displayed in the exhibition alongside writings by Arakawa and Gins and various noted scholars such as George Lakoff, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ed Keller, Mark C. Taylor, and F.L. Rush. A crucial aspect of the catalogue is the comprehensive color reproduction of the pioneering project of art-science research, The Mechanism of Meaning.

Catalogue published by the Guggenheim Museum and Harry N. Abrahms Exhibition was held at the Guggenheim Museum Soho, June 25-August 31, 1997

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction, Michael Govan
  2. Dear Neverending Architectonic Reflective Wherewithal, Jean-François Lyotard, Madeline Gins and Arakawa
  3. The Road to Critical Resemblances Houses: Report of a Mapping, Charles W. Haxthausen
  4. Early Works, Arakawa
  5. To Think, To Invent, To Be Invented: Reflections on The Mechanism of Meaning, F.L. Rush
  6. The Mechanism of Meaning, Arakawa and Gins
  7. Testing the Limits of Brain Plasticity: Or, Why Is There A Wall Down the Middle of the Tub? George Lakoff
  8. Saving Not, Marc C. Taylor
  9. Judging Landing Sites, Andrew Benjamin
  10. Landing Site(s), Arakawa and Gins
  11. Films, Arakawa and Gins
  12. Architectural Body, Arakawa and Gins
  13. Ubiquitous Site°Nagi’s Ryoanji°Architectural Body, Arakawa and Gins
  14. Sites of Reversible Destiny, Radovan Ivsic and Annie Le Brun
  15. Site of Reversible Destiny – Yoro, Arakawa and Gins
  16. Out of Balance, Bernhard Waldenfels
  17. Four Architects on Reversible Destiny, Ed Keller, Johannes Knesl, Greg Lynn, Jesse Reiser
  18. Terrain, Arakawa and Gins
  19. Reversible Destiny Cities, Arakawa and Gins
  20. Isle of Reversible Destiny – Venice, Arakawa and Gins
  21. Reversible Destiny Houses, Arakawa and Gins
  22. Types of Function, Arakawa and Gins
  23. Reversible Destiny Questionnaire, Arakawa and Gins
  24. Selected Bibliography
  25. Selected Exhibition History

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REVERSIBLE DESTINY: WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE, ARAKAWA/GINS New York: Abrams, Inc. 1997.
REVERSIBLE DESTINY: WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE, ARAKAWA/GINS New York: Abrams, Inc. 1997.
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