Text – Brussels sprouts



In the same way in which a factory works through the iteration of input, process and output; we can look at crafting identity through collecting (from the past), sedimenting ( in the present) and projecting (in the future).

Architectural identity occupies an interstitial space between a mode of production and mode of signification. It is an element in constant movement and redefinition.  In my mind, its formal status can only be fragmented assembly, resembling an archipelago.



The memory or permanence of the artists’ identity and collection of work becomes a phenomenon which can be investigated only through the record of its past.


Therefore the archipelago of objects become tools with which you think of and understand the artist. If the reality of the past is constructed through fragments, then the assembled new whole provides the opportunity for fictional narratives.



Architecture students operate on both the temporary and fixed planes. They have a double status; The ideations of architecture in their projects perform interminently, episodically; while the interrogation is permanent acting as sedimentation. We witness the formation of the arch student as an archipelago of units and obsessions.

Is this archipelago the factory for his identity? or the factory  of the output? With permanent aspirations and a fleeting/ temporary mode of production the architecture student is concerned with the contemporary.

It is difficult to discuss the fleeting and transforming present without relating to a current or a form of historical thinking, but as Sylvia Lavin puts it “If even architecture – the proverbial medium of slowness, stillness and permanence – can be made to move lithely with the present, then contemporaneity in general may be possible.” A contemporary which is not historically determined or temporally bound, providing a speculative terrain. This leads you to think that it is defined by temporary features.

How can we take this conversation into the context of the present? What is the contemporary archipelago?





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One Response to Text – Brussels sprouts

  1. Oliver Pershav says:

    “What is the contemporary archipelago?”

    For collecting, I think of the encyclopedia. See here for a historical example. Also Djordje showed me this site today, a musical playlist (archive?) “created by people, not algorithms.”

    As for sedimentation, yes, it is the process of the factory. In a sense, we are all, in this unit, currently caught up in sedimenting our thoughts on this blog. There are categories, images, links (broken or not). Everything is immediately given a time-stamp. I’m not saying that this is not how architecture was made in the past, but rather, that contemporary sediments have become thinner, more numerous, and more precise. Perhaps it is not the speed of time that has increased, but its fragmentation.

    Brussels sprouts or not, I enjoy it.