Toxic attitude

When Fran­cois Roche was invited to make an exhi­bi­tion and give a lec­ture at Sci-Arc, here is what he replied:


I have no other way than to can­cel the Sci-Arc exhi­bi­tion in the Gallery (sched­uled in May 25) and the lec­ture (sched­uled the April 6 – 2011)
The gap of point of view, and the lack of inter­est for pol­i­tics and atti­tude, reduc­ing the archi­tec­ture process to a unique design agenda can­not fit with our sce­nario of pro­duc­tion and sce­nario of speeches.

Our works and atti­tudes are toxic, ani­mal, dan­ger­ous, regres­sive, politic and com­pu­ta­tional.
Archi­tec­ture is mainly an affair of resis­tance and self-defense, against hypocrisies and “in”voluntary servi­tude, to quote La Boetie. It can­not be reduced to a design goal, exclu­sively ded­i­cated and trapped by tool­ing. I dis­agree on the way the knowl­edge is framed by and for pre­dictable pro­fes­sional, with­out any poten­tial to cor­rupt and desalien­ate through edu­ca­tional pro­ce­dures the “com­ing out” of neo­pla­gia­rism and neo­cop­ism, which remind me the Beaux Art symp­tom and syn­drome. I ‘m French and know per­fectly the stick­i­ness of this sliper­ring addiction.

I just want to pre­cise that this vol­un­tary aban­don, can­not be under­stood as a “tantrum or capric­cio” against the Sci-arc stu­dents pool, but it is at the level of Sci-Arc staff arro­gances and igno­rances, which seems to shrink archi­tec­ture pur­pose to a sim­ple affair of design agenda.

My best
F Roche /
PS Speak­ing and writ­ing are done, here, in my Frenchg­lish dialect / I let you the oppor­tu­nity to trans­late it in the Shake­speare “mayonnaise”.

link to the orig­i­nal R&SIE(n)

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