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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Reversible Destiny Lofts & Gilgamesh for Apes
This has to be the most revolutionary idea in urban housing yet - the home as an arena of adventure sports. The next logical step would be to move to the jungle and make friends with chimpanzees, leopards and crocodiles, which I think is the sensible thing to do.

In the words of Pink Tentacle:

To NY-based architect-poets and “reversible destiny” philosophers Arakawa & Gins, comfort deserves only a limited role in the home. In their vision, a home that keeps its inhabitants young and healthy should provide perpetual challenges. A tentative relationship with your environment, they argue, is key to “reversing the downhill course of human life.”

Designed to stimulate the senses and force inhabitants to use balance, physical strength and imagination, the lofts feature uneven floors, oddly positioned power switches and outlets, walls and surfaces painted a dizzying array of colors, a tiny exit to the balcony, a transparent shower room, irregularly shaped curtainless windows, and more.


Human beings have to realign their relationship to nature in a very profound way if we're to survive. My favorite living philosopher, Wilfried Hou Je Bek has published yet another shattering pamphlet to outline the possibilities open to us in this new century - PrimatePoetics is here! As if the CrystalPunk Manifesto wasn't enough proof of his genius and audacity (audacity for you, babes, since he makes perfect sense to me), PrimatePoetics redefines what it means to be civilized, and the sequel pamphlet to it is called Gilgamesh for Apes, which is exactly what it is.

Normally, civilisation is thought of as a plane, a surface, a vista. However, it really is a feeling you get in rare bubbles of the psychogeographic landscape, the smile of a stranger, for instance. The question is - does the smile mean the same to her as it means to you? When you stop being strangers, you discover to your horror that, the stranger's smile was an indication of potent hostility! After reading Hou Je Bek's claim I am convinced that we will never be civilized until Great Apes stand amongst us, and walk with us in office suits, with neckties, holding their laptops, demanding new and improved coffee machines.

Not only will famous philosophers of the future derive their grooming style from chimpanzees (Slavoj Zizek is way ahead on this curve), they WILL BE.....highly venerable chimpanzees.


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