Pier Vittorio Aureli
Walter Aprile / Stefano Mirti / Luca Poncellini
introduction Marco Brizzi, director of arch'it
postscript Pietro Valle
publisher Navado Press in collaboration with DADA and iMage
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arch'it papers 00 is an anthology of writings that originally
appeared on "arch'it" web magazine and are now published in
a book format in Italian and English to form an international sample
of the ten year long activity of cultural promotion of the Florence
based magazine. The publishing of material born for the web is not a
simple transcription in a different format but is part of a larger project
of multiple re-readings of the texts and projects promoted by the magazine.
arch'it papers 00, curated by Pietro Valle, is the first of
a series of books that will be curated each time by a different editor
who will be free to dig into the vast storage of ideas of "arch'it"
and offer his/her personal selection. The selection could be based on
the common link to a specific theme or on the purpose to relate already
known texts in an unexpected way or to publish them with a different
editing. By adapting a different code, every reading shifts
the original meaning and therefore successive books don't aim at fixing
the original web material but rather at re-writing it in a modified
format, revealing new and unexpected sides of it. A discursive practice
is born where the material of the web is never archived but
moves through multiple lives. Between the dynamics of web publication
and the editing of the book a critical relation is established, a relation
based on the continuous re-writing of the material. Writing becomes
an infinite practice.
arch'it papers 00 privileges the written word with texts that escape the logic of an assumed specialised architectural criticism. It's an anthology where the writing on architecture becomes meta-text opening on multiple narratives. Music essays, art fiction and digital culture, travels through imaginary museums, streams of consciousness facing a blank sheet of paper, biological explorations. Architecture and the writing of architecture speak of something else, becoming allegory, sampling, elliptical fiction, paraphrase of existing texts. Different contemporary literary practices are represented here: they show how "arch'it" has been innovative in the promotion of a different way of writing architecture.