PROFESSOR: MICHAEL MEREDITH
TEAM: ANDREW MACMILLAN, AKIRA ISHIKURA
LOCATION: PRINCETON SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
So, as designers of space within, the space of heteronormative consumer capitalism, we must be cognizant of our own position within the system, in order to provide slips and shifts in our relationship with desire, he need to make desire hyperreal, so as to mark out terms of society which form our identity, this exaggeration provides opportunities for reaction to become a new trajectory for the construction of identity. The Hyperreal generates the self-aware identity, and through it a tempering of space. The generation of these hyperreal slips and shifts can be though of as a “queering” of space, of exaggerating, of making inefficient, of toying with the consequences of the lived space of heteronormative consumer capitalism, both real and virtual, to accommodate the voice of alternative identities.
At first we can use superfiction, or hyperreality to draw the user, viewer, subject deeper into desire. this is a form of deceit, but a valuable one, it helps being the viewer deep into the terms of the heteronormative consumer capitalist space. when they have arrived, we can use repetition, slips, shifts, disconnection to highlight the terms of engagement under which we are bound to as passive actors, thus generating awareness of position. this allows the viewer to re-engage with the social conditions of the real, through the hyperreal. this submersion, then disruption, provides an interstitial queer space of self-awareness and active action. this gap space is a becomes a moment of vitality through its disorientation.
Contemporary space, even the space of the virtual (supposedly democratic) is markedly homogenous, the goals of all space, tied to an inescapable heteronormativity engendered by consumer capitalism, upon which all society is now built. this contemporary space poses many challenges, it shifts only in favour of the market, but it is constantly trying to homogenize, constantly trying to distill identity to a most basic platonic form. if we cannot escape, we are left to become passive actors in this space, BUT, there is an active form of defiance, which manifests itself as indifference, where we can accept this space as a charged landscape. if homogeneity is a criteria of contemporary identity, what happens when we become aware of this? A series of consequences results, by shifting our relationship with desire, from passive to active, we allow the construction of identity to be generated through an awareness of our position within the contemporary modes of production. Transcendence to the recognition of position, privileges movement and scalability of action, and thus the construction of identity from within the space of heteronormative consumer capital. By existing within the space, we are allowed to engage the space on its terms, which both gives it power over us, but also gives us power over it through our awareness of terms of parlay. By becoming active actors, we can shift the dialogue, this dialogue is what forms our own identity. This interstitial environment, where we are aware of the system, but also within the system can be referred to as a gap space, mediated by two moments, but also mediating those moments, giving them context, charging them, as it too is charged.