3M3 | exhibiting season 2018/2019

Tracing the milieu - what were you thinking?

​Curator: Marija Bjelić

Dragana Ćirić

Exhibition: exo [global eye(s)]

October 15th – October 28th 2019

'Exo' stands for the "satellite space" beyond the domain and the range of that which is immediate, familiar and directly visible [1]; it is beyond the narrow disciplinary competencies, institutionalised knowledge, frame, control and appropriation [2]; it is the extended field of cross-disciplinary integration and collaboration, the field of the research challenges and realisation on multiple levels.

'Exomilieu' thus is not just any kind of the existing, expected, easily experienced or predominantly built context over-saturated with all the socially constructed identities; its physical aspects are basic, superior to such significations, immaterial or at the scale of the matter which has more subtle effects on our sensory mechanisms.

Reacting on and uncovering these layers of space, 'exointelligentinstrument' is its temporary mirror – ‘eye’ - at the same time the spectator and active performer, both external/privileged and internal/inherent, distanced/metacognitive and mediating/diagrammatic agent; through technological integration of human and superhuman features, a creator of the new cosmography.

[1] including everything outside of the optical “window” considering the electromagnetic and sonic spectrum, as well as outside of the geosphere (exosphere and outer space) directly subjected to different laws and regulations (The Outer Space Treaty); but it can also take a more general meaning regarding the broadest application of this concept.
[2] It involves a complex set of actors – national, international and supranational; governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental and commercial – within which different interests should be recognised.




Based on the author's project “Global Eye(s): Sensing and Monitoring/Observation Technologies, Instruments and Architecture”, “Frequencies: The Invisible Spectre”, and studies on cross-disciplinarity in architectural theory and practice from the Doctoral Thesis ''Scripts and Codes of the Architectural Design Process: Disciplinary Borders and Transfers' (particularly focused on integration and common ground of architecture, mathematics, physics, geography, astronomy, philosophy, arts, science, design and engineering) the work 'exo', being the part of the Design Research Lab initiative, develops and questions the topics of comprehensive sensing, intelligent technologies, automated control, satellite monitoring and architecture of information (datascapes) as integrative elements of architectural spatial concepts, objects and systems (methodological remote/close-up sensing triangulation), as well as the themes on cosmic space and the scenarios conveying the ideas of their research as the context and a trigger of innovation through application, advancement and new discoveries in the previously mentioned fields.
('Personal remote/close-up sensing instruments and architecturally integrated networks').

Inquiring the questions of prototyping (conceptual, semantic, object design and sci-fi prototyping methodology) and machine-software-architectural design/engineering integrative approach (within the field of design science and design research methodology), 'exo' is an ‘instrument’ (‘architecture-mechanism/machine’) which, working across the wide range of frequencies, registers and identifies chosen contextual parameters, processing and making them operative for architectural formal integration, research, scientific and artistic problematisation. Active physical fields and different activities within the environment are brought to the level of intelligibility, precise measuring and high-tech artistic and aesthetic interpretation, anticipating adaptive automation and control planned for the last phases of the experiment.

The 'instrument' (in comparison with the notions of the 'installation' or the 'machine') implies the higher degree of sophistication, precision, refinement and design/engineering attention that follow functional, operative, analytical, structural, or aesthetic registers of design problem-solving under the conditions of their mutual contingency.


The story [scenario]

A near future in which all the citizens of the world will have their own personal satellite (following the theory of the shift in global monitoring from a condition of a panoptic systemic control, or one “global-eye”, towards the system of numerous singular, autonomous, and independent "eyes" (Van Houtum, 2011) put to the scale and the ownership of "one" is presumed as a starting condition.
The instrumental pair - a launching line/terminal (a home device in one modality, and a station/facility in another) and a free-flight microsatellite (the "eye", the "mirror", the “wanderer"), operating across the wide range of frequencies - makes the infrastructure each individual uses daily. The provision of information they enable (by monitoring and observation, detection, image processing, etc.) is navigated and demanded personally. The exclusiveness of the territory in which they reside or which they occupy (the "zone", the "free space"), and their exclusive right to perform actions, give them in the least peculiar status that still needs to be properly investigated and defined. Dynamics and elusiveness of their spatial regulations and properties intensify the ambivalence of their impact on architectural interpretation and spatial (b)ordering. "Outspacing the law" (Easterling, 2014), infrastructures of comprehensive sensing and sensory technologies are being thought about by design in a completely new manner, at outmost as very architectural/spatial objects, installations, and instruments, or as being architecturally integrated acquiring thereby the status of one of the new architecture's constitutive elements.

(from the text 18hz: Personal remote/close-up sensing instruments and architecturally integrated networks)


Dragana Ćirić, Doctor of Sciences – Architecture and Urbanism, Architect and Researcher oriented towards innovative approaches and cross-disciplinarity in architecture, and advanced experimentation set into the converging field of theoretical, scientific and artistic lines of investigation; author of the numerous scientific, theoretical and critical studies, architectural design projects, talks, conceptual and thematic initiatives and methodologies applied in teaching and research programmes she has been commissioned for.

Her fields of research, interest and competence include: diagrammatics; design intelligence strategy and methodology; postdisciplinarity; digitality and information architecture (datascapes); mapping, cartography, and border studies within the extended research of geographic project of architecture; spatial scripts and codes; world construction in representational practices (cosmographics); system dynamics; architectural and cultural diplomacy (cultural transfers).


Photo credits | Nikola Abramović

Video credits | Alex Murray


        Kolektiv arhitekata, Drinčićeva 20, Beograd, Srbija

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