MEREOLOGY | Architecture | Computational Design | Simulation | 2017

This project accelerates computational-design to feed and dissipate the technological evolution within architecture via a machanic surplus. Binding Levi Bryant’s conception of a ‘Strange Mereology’ with Object Oriented Programming to design what Gilles Retsin refers to as ‘Discrete Architecture’, the project entails accelerating the practice of design into what Nick Land termed as ‘Accelerationism’:

“A political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, or cri­tique, nor to await its demise at the hands of its contradictions, but to accelerate its uprooting, to alienate and decode, abstractive ten­dencies.”[1]

According to Bryant, [...] In strange mereology, parts are independent of the objects to which they belong and where aggregates are independent of the parts that compose them.”[2] The parts are discrete digit-signs that surplus through a quasi computational machining-assemblage into a whole. The parts are all computationally sustained through an endo-relational structure that makes up its proper being without manifesting itself. It is precisely an assemblage of discreteness that makes up its adequate being, the discrete being following an eco-logic of its own. The project further atrophies computationally the rules that hold the parts together — to accelerate the endo-entropy of the whole. It is as if the components that constitute an object can be made to unceasingly clamour for their autonomy, endangering the substance, continuance, or endurance of the larger-scale object they comprise. The multiple iterations are achieved via processing voxel-based gaseous fluid dynamic simulations, and later using the voxel data as a vector field to be colonised with custom made geometries under rigid body constraints.

[1] Mackay, R, A Avanessian, K Marx, S Butler, N Federov, T Veblen, S Firestone, et al. 2019. #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. Urbanomic. 
[2] Bryant, L R. 2014. Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media. Edinburgh University Press Series. Edinburgh University Press.