performative _ pərˈfôrmətiv
Linguistics & Philosophy
: relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act
as·sem·blage _ ə-ˈsem-blij
: a collection of persons or things : gathering
: the act of assembling : the state of being assembled
: an artistic composition made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends
: the art of making assemblages
Performative Assemblages is a proposal that aims to blur the boundaries between industrial (production) and residential (consumption) use through scaled, layered and indeterminate programmes that allow for simultaneous and multiplicitous spaces of social and ecological performativity.
The project takes Henri Lefebvre’s Nested Scale theory as a basis for a methodology that works across scales, across time and across programmes. This theory of nested scales conceptualises space, and its varying degrees of private and public (local/global, rural/urban), as infinitely related – these scales are defined and implied by their relatedness to others – and because of their infinite nature, there can be no totalisation, no synthesis, no completeness. This approach has led to a proposal that is multi-scaled, layered, indeterminate and purposfully ambiguous. The project is strategic in its approach to the various layers within the programme – proposing a framework that facilitates tactical maneuvers, tweaks, hacks, infilling, appropriation.
Performative Assemblages is a collage, a bricolage – a coming together of diverse components – actors, agents, materials, forces – a multiplicity of assemblages, of varying scales, longevity, power and intent that reterritorialise simultaneously – continually creating new assemblages – and it is this act of creating, making, producing, healing, salvaging, bridging, grounding, living, working, playing, cultivating that is the performative aspect of the proposal. But, performativity is not only about the result of these actions – the performance, the outcome, the product. It is also about the act of performing these actions – the stylised enactment of identity – the potential outcome of which is a strengthening and a centering – a continual redefining of communal identity – an identity that might allow for participation, difference and possiblity.
The pinned up presentation was designed to be non-hierarchical and non-linear. Just as the project developed across a multitude of scales, and through a process of zooming in, zooming out and zooming back in again, the project is intended to be read from the centre outwards – images are overlapped, hybridised media – and all of this is held together with the theortical discussion that underpins the approach and proposals.
Multiplicity and Simultaneity _ this drawing brings together historic spatial morphologies, the physical geological and hydrological context and the proposed strategies from the initial Urban Strategy _ Ursus Urban Synthesis.
Strategies and Tactics _ integrating large scale, top down panoptic strategies with small scale, bottom up appropriations: Cutting / Nodes / Synergies / Bridging / Infilling
Performativity _ At the site scale, landscape and programme are integrated into a performative assemblage of the social and the ecological