Where is the BODY?

Why do we need to be registered?

The address system is a tool to govern, how to free the individual?

YOUR ADDRESS IS WHERE YOUR BODY IS.

Soho House fragmented as a series of spaces inserted within the city’s buildings, scattered and tailored to the exact need and lifestyle of the user.

 

A warehouse of beds placed alongside Luton Airport, the traveller doesn’t need a legal ‘address’ or hotel to rest in, but a more flexible space ‘on-the-go’. (Not sure about this?)

 

I’ve been thinking about the ‘bigger picture’, about what it means to provide the individual with freedom of movement around the city; about losing this ‘anchor’ or singular space that the body should be governed by. The question “where is the body?” does not mean my project is focused on ‘hiding’ the body, or creating spaces that render it unable to locate it (as with the mega-plan and home with multiple doors). I’m not trying to confuse authorities, but it’s more about creating TRANSPARENCY of movement. We have established that is possible to locate a person wherever he is using available technology, why don’t we just embrace that and LET THE BODY GOVERN HOW SPACE IS DESIGNED. What makes blockchain technology revolutionary is the transparency of transactions, and the ability for anyone to track and view transactions made on a public ledger. Similarly, it’s not about centralizing the individual’s occupation of space in the city to one address, concealing it behind the architecture but exposing it such that the movement is uncontrolled by the architecture. If we ‘elevate’ the city such that everyone’s movement is completely visible, the ground floor (street level) is a tabula rasa, I now need to decide what should be present on this level, i.e. what physical elements are necessary for our body’s choreography through the city.

 

 

Reference:

 

“In the main hall … curator Susan Pfeiffer has resurrected (Absalon’s) “solution to living in society”. Equally preoccupied with correlating individual freedom and broader social structures, Absalon’s final, unfinished, project was to live alone in a series of portable houses – “Cellules” – in six different cities around the world (Paris, Zurich, New York, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Tokyo). He was on the way to turning his “no-place” into a concrete reality.”

 

 

Leave a Reply