CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TRANS 26 LUST

24.09.2014

entry deadline abstract: October 10, 2014 /

entry deadline final contribution: December 12, 2014

LUST needs rehabilitation as architecture not only entails what can be described as deliberate and cultivated, but a form of thought that accedes to human complexity. Humaneness is achieved by doing what is intuitively right and subsequently imprecise.  To be spontaneous is to lust.

To deny oneself of fulfilment comes at the cost of passion. Incapable of escaping the narcissism that lures us into sexual offense, we suppress intuition and libido, and replace them with calculation and rationality. If in lust lies the potential to exceed the limits of the normative, it could lead the way to overcoming a rationale driven by logic, in favour of an attitude that goes beyond intellectual thought. 

Perhaps it is time to question questioning; to reexamine, with distrust, the relationship between the architect and design. Those who believe to dedicate their lives to architecture are mislead, as architecture can only be a part of life inasmuch as it can resist it. The indoctrinated will for sense and the frantic quest for reason create a myriad of loose ends. This in turn obstructs the intuitive path to character, and leads us into obscurity and self-doubt whilst our instinct to be spontaneous is stifled. 

We intend to liberate architecture from the scourge of frigid conceptualization. The suppression of allure engenders a lackluster vapidness which we know not to tolerate. Trust in skill and intuition and a tolerance for mistakes could absolve architecture from the technocratics that produce the unspecific, the impersonal and the general. Pure logic should never be the rule. Dare to make the body and its senses the maxim, declare the reign of hedonism and set aside argument and principle. Be optimistic, enthusiastic and bold. To prevent the libido from its nosedive we demand dedication to sensuality; an antithesis to the dictatorship of sanity. Let the spectacular warm the throne that grew cold under the derrières of logic and reason. 

In this rift between responsibility and reverie we propose renegotiating the territory between sense and sensibility. We are looking for positions and theses, diverse in form. These can range from documentaries, personal essays, pamphlets and papers, to graphic, photographic or hybrid contributions. We are primarily interested in a brief description of your proposal, the abstracts of which should be sent to us via email by the 10th October. The completed paper should be submitted by the 12th December. trans26 will be available in bookstores from February 2015.

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