re: L.A. as the “capital of science fiction.”

Also – “Some of the early LGBT leaders were also active in early sci-fi reading circles, and they used the genre to explore possible futures where they would find acceptance for their sexuality… I’m always interested in how science fiction or speculative fictions refers back to the moment in which it’s created. We tend to think of it as pie-in-the-sky fantasy, but there’s a strong strain of social commentary. A lot of dystopian or apocalyptic writing about Southern California – much of which blurs the line between pop culture and literary culture – seems to grow out of science fictional tropes.

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L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel, photographed by Wayne Thom in 1978. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – Wayne Thom Photography Collection.

Via kcet.org, featuring thoughts from Christopher Hawthorne, William Deverell and David Ulin instigated/edited by Nathan Masters.

re: “possibilities of an architecture without nature”

From David Ruy’s ‘Returning to (Strange) Objects‘ on object vs field , esoteric ‘relationism’, object-oriented ontology and craft.

Plus,

we may also want to investigate the possibilities of an architecture without nature…While thinking about this object-oriented ontology, it is fascinating to finally consider how the architect is to be understood…A return to the architectural object as a disciplinary priority…A return to the architectural object would move interest back to the thing itself. 

Also Karel Klein’s thoughts on ‘Smudge‘(s)(ing)(etc), and again David Ruy on ‘Weird Realism‘, subterfuge and utopianisms.

 

 

In above excerpt from a lecture they discuss “Knot Garden,” a proposal for PS1 Queens, NY; and “Klex,” their ongoing experiments with developing ornamentation through digital modeling.

Siné Mensuel talks with Raoul Vaneigem

From InfoShop News

Siné Mensuel: Is utopianism still on the agenda?

Raoul Vaneigem: Utopianism? From now on, that’s the hell of the past. We
have always been constrained to live in a place that is everywhere but,
in that place, we are nowhere. That’s the reality of our exile. It has
been imposed on us for thousands of years by an economy founded on the
exploitation of man by man.

Via Bruce Sterling (here)