FRANÇOIS ROCHE / New-Territories / [elf/b^t/c]
Siamese Twins

2196 Mal gesehen

Datum der Aufzeichnung: 27.11.2014

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: SCORES No 9: no/things



New-territories unfold their protocols through the re-staging of different kinds of contemporary relationships: aesthetical, machinist, computational, organics, biological and even artificial. They employ speculations and fictions as operative strategies to un-alienate operative modes and infiltrate “media culture” in order to subvert its conventions. They consider architectural identity as emanating from uncertainty principles defined through provisional processes and forms in which animism, vitalism and mechanism become vectors of dynamic mutations. They critically engage contemporary technology in experiments alchemically mixing contradictory forces to develop deliberately ambiguous scenarios that fuse realities that would seem not miscible. 

On the basis of a concrete production by research lab and architect collective New-territories / [elf/b^t/c] in his lecture performance Siamese Twins François Roche thematises the production of an architecture in the area of conflict of its relationship between its imagination and realisation, as related to the condition of the stories it tells or incorporates, between the fictional, speculative and real.


It' s about... producing a shelter which produces a movie and the movie at the origin of a shelter …as a Siamese twin interlaced production, between narration and topology, able to cross fabrication expertise and knowledge to create the condition of a passage, for a navigation between allusive realism and speculative fiction ...intertwined, interlocked as a story telling developing two collateral effects, two artifacts: one by the potential to develop a fiction using an emerging structure as a by-product, and the other on the tangible and tactile world by shaping an emergence which will “construct” the “raison d’être” of the story. The relationship, the permanent flux between the architecture becoming a prop of another production, in another discipline, and its own real and fictional footprint (un)resisting to its own erosion produces an indistinguishable transitory and transactional process of a Siamese dialogue… where the two are slipping in an osmotic, a symbiotic stuttering… (schizoid protocols within miscibility and autonomy…), at the base of the birth of some twinned fictional identities... New-territories / [elf/b^t/c]

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François Roche was born in 1961 in Paris. He founded an architecture organization – the name of which changed several times between 1989-2001 – currently called R&Sie(n). Since the organization's beginnings, Roche sought to articulate contradictions of architecture and to widen the field. It is comparable to a landscape, a device, a singularity - is it an attractive or repulsive curiosity. Today Roche develops a production structure of architecture titled New-Territories, including R&Sie(n) & [elf/b^t/c]. He has been and is a guest professor in many international University as Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture in New York City where he lead an advanced studio, at Upenn, Bartlett School, Anguewandte and TU Vienna, USC Los Angeles...among others, and participated 8 times at the Biennale of Architecture of Venice, both International and National Pavilion.


The architect collective simultaneously works through the architectural practice R&Sie(n), the “new-territories” research Lab and the [eIf/b?t/c] scenario studio. R&Sie(n) is an architectural practice based initially in Paris and now in Bangkok. It was founded in 1993 by François Roche, architect (creation 1993-..., Paris),  Stéphanie Lavaux, artist (period 1993-2011, French Réunion island), and Gilles Desevedavy, architect (period 1993-1998), followed by Olivier Legrand, Alexandre Boulin (period 1998-2000), Jean Navarro (period 2000-2007), Kiuchi Toshikatsu (period 2007-2011)... [eIf/b?t/c] is a studio of "Contingent Scenario" founded in 2011 by François Roche and Camille Lacadée (1986, Bordeaux).


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