considering new spatial theories at the universal disposition of big data
Architecture emerges out of theory and debate, but what is architecting? A semantic trend that should be the least of our concerns, as it's only one of the many peculiar appropriations by an industry laboring for the larger politico-economic aggregate fed on human-centric data, the assemblage that overwrites architectural dimensions and creates new and unexamined spatiotemporal regimes. This research explicates the constant evolution of data-centric infrastructures, actively repurposing humans, places, and nature into a larger project of the big data economy. Simultaneously it inquires about the current status of architecture, to reveal a new set of questions for its theory, criticism, and practice, considering architecture and its contingencies in the context of modern data-centric augmentations.
The research is built upon the previous inquiry on dataveillance and surveillance, an excerpt of which is displayed below.
THE NEW IMAGE OF HUMAN | anthropo*metric/morphic guide for digital civics
Methods of the research, and the rationale behind the theorization
This thesis is comprised of the research map of the systematic surveillance and the written document (which is the conceptualization of the map). Research map is constructed as a set of history timelines (i.e. public surveillance of private citizens, private surveillance of private citizens, RAND). These were constructed, first by selecting an author who wrote about the subject (the history of surveillance or its related fields) and was as far removed from the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, art and philosophy as possible, and second, by using their timeline as a forensic trail to open up contexts of other evidences/timelines and authors within the same epistemological space.
The map is cited through the grid that is superimposed on it. Grid is comprised of numbered regions, which are also referenced in the thesis in square brackets (i.e. [10,11] means regions 10 and 11 on the map). By looking at this map the viewer is in the mode of a second order observer, the map is the accumulation of multiple different observations, and the grid of numbered regions on top of the map, as the citation system, externalizes that Additionally, the grid being visually incoherent with the content of the map, and used as a reference system in the thesis, puts the viewer in the mode of the third order observer, when she/he is observing a “filter”observing the map.
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