Work title: The Plus-Organic Being: Continuous Reterritorialization of the smooth space through discontinuous settlements. (0001001884)
The history of the technological development adopted by the different cultures through the years is remarkable. The first tools made for survival, such as sharp stones, lances and torches were part of the nomadic cultures and were designed in proportion to the human body in order to be carried without a big effort. Sedentism implied that the technological development was designed in proportion to the territory deriving in big spatial facilities on the land emerging the concept of landscape and agriculture. This way, began the history of big constructions and machines that far from being transportable, rather founded in the soil, were designed depending on the function of the body only for practical ends in its manipulation. In line whit this, there arose the spatial implications that the cultural change implied. There are conceived housings, factories, libraries, colleges, universities, offices and malls, all of them depending on a social collective subject. However, the current context: Globalization, Capitalism; Individualism, Consumerism and Internet; forced the technological industry (or vice versa) to develop customize objects. Technology evolved in order to be transported in pockets, forming again a nomadic subject, but this time, in a global/cultural scale in constant migration. The first architecture then, isn´t just clothe as Oskar Schlemmer said, but also what cloth can carry (cellphones, computers, gps, cameras, etc) being formed this way the second sensitive skin of spatial global scopes.
On the other hand, the technological advances contributed by bioscience as for the genetic modification have implied that the design interferes in a field that until some years ago only had reached through makeup and surgery, the own body. The recent location of genes related, for example to the stress, tiredness, pain, fear and development of musculature; besides those related to beauty like color of eyes, hair, skin and corporal proportions, has implied that the social context determines some qualities of the human being as erroneous or sick , being able to be eradicated/redesigned even before the birth. Catalyzing this way the process of genetic discrimination known as Biopower.
Just like the relation that exists between the tools designed by nomadic cultures and the current one as for the portability of these forming the second skin, the design of the body is a common topic. If nowadays we speak about genetic design, different tribal cultures molded their bodies through physical limitations, deforming skulls, stretching necks, or shrinking feet.
So, there´s a subject that has tribal practices due to the fact that his spatial scope took global scale redefining the territory trough real and virtual migration processes in a constant way in discontinuous and parallel times. This gives rise to propose the project in the smoothest space: The sea. The project is proposed exacerbating the example, under it.
The question that pierces the moral borders is: ¿Is man willing to take advantage of the biotechnological advances to modify his body and to realize an auto-infringed evolution in order to survive in the new context and to perpetuate the derivatives of the human species?
This new scenario, challenges the discipline of the architectural design to appear as a biotic problem. The strategies of design traditionally known fuse with biological processes inherent in the human being. There appears an organic projection of the body added to the incorporation of technological systems as components parts of the body.
The first action corresponds to the genetic design of the procreation. Human beings are born preserving mother organs. The uterus appears as the minimal housing, the accessible space in a flooded world, biological bunker, female architecture. The membrane of the uterus fuses with the concept of the second skin (clothes plus technology) generating a semi-permeable wall with specific recipients, systems of communication, visualization and location. The placenta acts like a database, the brain of the exo-body, allows the connection between the interior world and the exterior, coordinating processes that are carried out in the membrane such as: Water conversion in oxygen, the extraction of nutrients of fishes, etc. The umbilical cord is the system of communication and transport between the body (traditional) and the exo-body (plus - organic) and materializes through an unpluggable bio port.
The second action is the design that allows the transport of the plus-organic being. A swim bladder that controls the gaseous content and allows the maritime navigation in vertical sense whereas chemical attractions between beings or beings and fishes added maritime currents allow the horizontal displacement and forms the minimal furniture inside the new being. Each plus-organic being is possible to plug-in with another one. Finally, settlements are occasional and suffer constant transformations relating to form and location, motivated only as points of meeting and products exchange. Places that are formed to disappear and dis-place instantaneously.