ANAMNESIS

NON architecture | COLLABORATION | REMOTE SENSING | data simulation | 2017

"Life in space can only occur, temporarily, in a dormant state, a cold, ice-covered moon, of some distant planet."[1]

 

Anamnesis from Greek anamnēsis ‘remembrance’, is the recollection, especially of a supposed previous existence. The vision of depletion, decay, mutation and exhaustion of biological and physical matter provokes the creative trauma that struggles to index a reality, which refuses to be integrated into the web of possible experience. The project reanimates a LiDAR archive of catastrophic-remnants of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with bio-computational growth to index a fruiting reality, where an unidentifiable mathematical agent transforms the terrain, reversing and erasing all anthropocentric influence on the landscape. The designs suggest an ontologically ungraspable xeno-materialist aesthetic, that warps, twists and churn both the reality, materiality and the subsequent human reasoning like a cog. The point cloud inhales the spores spewed from the “fruiting bodies” of the fungal bio-mathematical algorithm while shredding and corroding the data values into an abyssal depth of ‘nether’ matter. The result is a 'Real' mimed by the animism of death, where, 

 

“[...]The shadows of the abyss are like the petals of a monstrous flower that shall blossom within the skull and expand the mind beyond what any man can bear."[2]

The project erupts as a collaboration with designer and researcher Patricia Wu Wu and is carried out in a series of workshops, conducted as collaborative activities.

[1] Thacker, E. 2011. In the Dust of This Planet. Horror of Philosophy. Zero.

[2] VanderMeer, J. 2014. Annihilation. The Southern Reach Trilogy. HarperCollins Publishers.