Standards of Diplomacy
Collaborators / Evio Isaac and Alina Plyusnina
Program / Parliament
Featured / 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, afasia archzine, koozarch, Rice Architecture
The purpose of this studio is to design the government of the Indo Pacific Region in collaboration with the Seoul Biennial. Its task is to deepen and intensify the relationship between human and nonhuman subjects, generating empathy between entities. Representatives see the autonomous vehicle as a consequential new cultural object and nonhuman subject. For that reason, the first congress uses the autonomous vehicle as an excuse to discuss moments of human-nonhuman empathic reciprocity. The first congress deals with the protocols of, and technologies involved in qualifying victims of autonomous transit accidents. The congress will produce procedures and code which dictate autonomous maneuvers of evasion, and advance technologies to mitigate human and nonhuman life lost and injury in events of sensor failure. Images constructed by layering human and nonhuman cognitive projections are used to register a hybrid culture. The form of the parliament is such that phenomena can be enacted and represented in order for legislation to emerge as something secondary to the observation, demonstration, and ethical discussion/negotiation of fact. This format creates a rupture in political discourse that begins to reconcile the voice of science with the humanist biases of political rhetoric. In that way, politics (and by extension, science) might be rendered more capable of greater inclusivity by advocating for non-human subjectivities.
Studio Critics: Urtzi Grau & Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal