Jean Michel Crettaz welcomes Neil Spiller and questions the future of architecture, science, and technology. Neil Spiller begins his lecture with a poem and a story. Spiller cites Salvador Dal? and Gian Lorenzo Bernini as influences in his work. He associates his narrative and art history references to ethical issues of nanotechnology, growth, digital space and reflexive new landscapes.
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Spiller explains that the project he is presenting is about many things including history, ancient and contemporary mythology, architectural concerns, and what it means to be human and creative. He recites a poem by Zodiac Mindwarp of Tattooed Beat Messiah.
Neil Spiller associates the narrative and art history references in his work to ethical issues of nanotechnology, growth, digital space and reflexive new landscapes.
Jean Michel Crettaz welcomes Neil Spiller and questions the role of the new, and the future of architecture, science, and technology. Crettaz asks how we investigate systems beyond visual anchor points. He goes on to say that science fiction has exhausted its visual vocabulary, and therefore novel spacial propositions will be informed by cyberspace, emergent technologies, genetics, and molecular and tissue engineering.
Lebbeus Woods describes his earliest influences, and reflects how, in retrospect, his nomadic childhood, engineering, and Heinz Von Foester are reflected in his work. He describes his astonishment at the first Archigram publications, noting that through Von Foester he had met Gordon Pask, who worked with Cedric Price. He characterizes his work as an exploration of ideas it is not possible to pursue in conventional practice, stressing architecture’s ethical dimension. Woods calls his drawings guides, presenting “What if …” scenarios, rather than plans to be executed, and–as in the Havana Project–exploring ways of building by accumulation of small gestures. The video was produced by Rob Gardner and Tony Hatto, with Charles Hellwig and Katsumi Moror, as part of a class taught by Luciano Riggolini. Dwayne Oyler provided the research which made this presentation possible.