Review/Response to “Towards a Minor Architecture”

Towards a Minor Architecture

I’ve just finished reading Jill Stoner’s excellent ‘Towards a Minor Architecture’. It’s an argument for a politicized conception of architectural practice drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s conception of ‘minor literature’ as described in their book Kafka. Like Deleuze and Guattari, Stoner conceives minor architecture as a counterpoint to the majority of cultural production in that field. Where architecture is most often the preserve of wealthy elite, and is most often the expression of – following Bataille – the physiognomy of power and capital, Stonor argues that a minor architecture echos the triumvirate established by Deleuze and Guattari in that it 1) deterritorializes a major language – in architecture a semiotic mode 2) is thoroughly political in nature and 3) has collective value.

I won’t go too thoroughly into outlining her argument, if you’re curious there are reviews here and here, though it isn’t a long work and well worth reading in its entirety. Stoner outlines and argues against three myths that pervade architectural production – the myth of the interior, the myth of the object and the myth of the subject. The myth of the interior addresses the permeability of the architectural production, against the seeming opacity of the object. The myth of the object confronts the mistaken idea of the wholeness of the architectural production and the non-relation of the object to other parts of the city. The myth of the subject confronts the ideal of the professional architect, seeking to replace this ideal subject with an anonymous fleeting figure who accepts incompleteness and rejects the language of masters.

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More on the Exhibition at Make // “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I was recently asked to participate in an exhibition at Winnipeg’s cafe/architecture gallery Make, a space curated by Jae-Sung Chon. This exhibition brought together a number of people from Winnipeg’s creative community, from bakers to composers, and (fanboy moment) Guy Maddin. Jae asked them to submit the physical copy of a book that has been influential in their practice. The physical copy keeps the trace of the reader’s conversation with the book, the turned over pages, the marginalia, the underlined or circled passages. The trace of this conversation is then visible to the public as they interact with the artifact.

Jae knows I’m a voracious reader, and I was in town for the exhibition, so he asked me to participate. So which book did I choose?

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Exhibition at Make

Jae-Sung Chon at Make (Facebook), Winnipeg’s hybrid cafe & design gallery,  has asked me to participate in their new exhibition, MAKE: 014_READ.  This exhibition shows books chosen by select individuals from Winnipeg’s creative communities, and has these copies, along with any marginalia, available to the public along with some notes from each exhibitor.  The exhibition opens on March 13, 2014 at Make,

I’ll post more info soon.  and perhaps some thoughts about why I chose the book I did.