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Art and Philosophy in the 22nd Century: After Arakawa and Madeline Gins

Author: Naohiko Mimura(Author, Editor), Takeshi Kadobayashi(Author, Editor), Yasuo Kobayashi, Don Byrd, Alan Prohm, Jondi Keane, Renske Maria van Dam, Russell Hughes, Masayoshi Someya, Haruhiko Murakawa, Satoshi Inagaki, Hiroki Komuro, Momoyo Homma, Yusuke Koishi, Ignacio Adriasola, Adi Louria Hayon, Reversible Destiny Foundation (Kathryn Dennett, Amara Magloughlin, ST Luk, Miwako Tezuka),  Arakawa+Gins Tokyo office (Takeyoshi Matsuda, Haruka Seno, Haruka Kawaguchi, Momoyo Homma), Reiko Tomii, Takashi Ikegami, Akihiko Ono, Nomura Yasuo, Matisse ApSimon-Megens, Anouk Hoogendoorn, and Benjamin Muñoz, Adrienne Hart, Mariko Kida

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Arakawa and Madeline Gins in the 22nd Century: The Body and the Experience in the Reversible Destiny Mode

Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce the new publication Arakawa and Madeline Gins in the 22nd Century: The Body and the Experience in the Reversible Destiny Mode

This book explores the philosophy of Arakawa and Madeline Gins who set out to fight the human destiny of mortality. Ten years after the death of Arakawa (1936–2010) and six years after the death of Madeline Gins (1941–2014), this significant collection of texts rediscovers Arakawa and Gins’s thought, which still continues to inspire and thereby remains in progress.

“Humans don’t die”

Arakawa and Madeline Gins made many unforgettable statements on life and death, and created spaces such as the “Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka—In Memory of Helen Keller” and the “Site of Reversible Destiny—Yoro Park”, which rattle our senses and perceptions. In our time of uncertainty, their philosophy paves the way for many discoveries, inspirations, and a heightened awareness and concern for the body. 

How did Arakawa and Gins try to overcome the contradiction between not dying and human mortality? This publication provides opportunities to rethink, from multiple perspectives including body theory, philosophy, architecture, art, psychology, education, etc., the philosophical and architectural practices of Arakawa and Gins, not only in retrospect but also as being still in progress. In addition, it introduces recent Arakawa and Gins-related exhibitions, performances, and other projects. 


Editors: Mimura, Naohiko and Kadobayashi, Takeshi.

Paperback: 315 pages

Publisher: Film Art, Tokyo, 2019

Language: Japanese

ISBN-10: 4845919176

ISBN-13: 978-4845919178


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The Funambulist Pamphlets, Vol. 8_Arakawa + Madeline Gins

Author:Léopold Lambert

Size:e-book, soft cover

Published:Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2014. 106 pages, color illus. ISBN-13: 978-0615987835.





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 first twelve volumes are respectively dedicated to Spinoza, Foucault, Deleuze, Legal Theory, Occupy Wall Street, Palestine, Cruel Designs, Arakawa + Madeline Gins, Science Fiction, Literature, Cinema, and Weaponized Architecture. As new articles are published on The Funambulist, more volumes will be published to continue the series. See all published pamphlets HERE.

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.

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

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.



Introduction: Towards an Architecture of Joy

01 / Architectures of Joy: A Spinozist Reading of Parent/Virilio and Arakawa/Gins’s Architecture

02 / Applied Spinozism: Architectures of the Sky vs. Architectures of the Earth

03 / Architecture of the Conatus: “Tentative Constructing Towards a Holding in Place”

04 / Architectures of Joy: A Conversation Between Two Puzzle Creatures [Part A]

05 / Architectures of Joy: A Conversation Between Two Puzzle Creatures [Part B]

06 / Domesticity in the Reversible Destiny’s Architectural Terrains

07 / Reversible Destiny Loft in Action: A Tentative Report from a Resident by Shingo Tsuji

08 / A Subversive Approach to the Ideal Normalized Body

09 / The Counter-Biopolitical Bioscleave Experiment Imagined by Stanley Shostak

10 / Funambulist Paper #35 / DIY Biopolitics: The Deregulated Self by Russell Hughes

11 / Letter from Jean-François Lyotard to Arakawa and Madeline Gins

12 / Architectures for Non-Dying Creatures: The Artistic-Philosophical-Poetic-Architectural Work of Arakawa and Gins

13 / “All Men Are Sisters”: A Joy Named Madeline Gins

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Le trajectoire merveilleuse de Shusaku Arakawa

Author:Fumi Tukahara

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Introduction by Jean-Michel Rabate

Arakawa and Gins, Directions for Architectural Procedure Invention and Assembly

Arakawa and Gins, Vital Contextualizing Information for Directions for Architectural Procedure Invention and Assembly

I. Architecture against Death

Hank Lazer, The Art and Architecture of Holding Open: The Radical Yes of Architectural Body

Jean-Jacques Lecercle, The Tense of Architecture

Trish Glazebrook, Architecture Against Mortality: Building Origins

Don Ihde, The Ultimate Phenomenological Reduction

Mark Hansen, The Arche-Technics of Life

Hideo Kawamoto, The Mystery of Nagi’s Ryoanji: Arakawa and Gins and Autopoiesis

Gary Shapiro, Building, Timing, Thinking: Reversible Destiny After Hegel, Heidegger and Smithson

Steve McCaffery, ‘To Lose One’s Way’ (For Snails and Nomads): The Radical Labyrinths of Constant, and Arakawa/Gins

Jost Muxfeldt, Does Death Survive? A Reverse Teleology

II. Poesis and Autopoesis

Martin E. Rosenberg, Constructing Autopoiesis: The Architectual Body in Light of Contemporary Cognitive Science

Michel Delville, The Poet as the World: The Multidimensional Poetics of Arakawa and Madeline Gins

Craig Adcock, The Meaning of Blank in Arakawa’s Early Work

Dagmar Buchwald, ‘Invisible Microphytic Colonies’: Word Rain by Madeline Gins

Mary Ann Caws, The Construction in Question

Lissa Wolsak, Union of Open Sets

Marianne Shaneen, Regarding the Impossible

Marcia Landy and Stanley Shostak, Five Senses to Immortality

Patrick Pardo, Of Self-Marmots and Humansnails: Arakawa + Gins and the Architectural Body

Charles Bernstein, Every Which Way but Loose

III. Vita Nuova — Life On New Terms

Chet Wiener, Some Critical Steps to Life on New Terms

Art Shostak, Helping Sociology to Reinvent Itself: Another G/A Possibility

Shaughan Lavine, The Architecture of a Person

Klaus Benesch, The Architectural Body: Reconfigurations of Space in Postmodern Culture

Sandy Baldwin, Tentatively Dedicated to our Transhuman Destiny

David Kolb, Oh Pioneers! Bodily Reformation Amid Daily Life

Shaun Gallagher, Body Experiments

Jondi Keane, The Multimodal Consequences of Coordinology

Reuben Baron, Towards a Social Ecology of Landing Sites and Architectural Bodies


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