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Cognitive Architecture. From Bio-Politics To Noo-Politics

Cognitive Architecture. From Bio-Politics To Noo-Politics
Architecture & Mind in the Age of Communication & Information

Edited by: Deborah Hauptmann and Warren Neidich

600 pp / 235 x 170 mm / paperback
price € 39.50
ISBN 978 90 6450 725 0

Published by 010 Publishers, Rotterdam

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Introduction: Architecture & Mind in the Age of Communication and Information

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From Noopower to Neuropower: How Mind Becomes Matter (1.4 Mb)

Cognitive Architecture questions of how evolving modalities – from bio-politics to noo-politics – can be mapped upon the city under contemporary

Shifter 16: Pluripotential

Shifter Magazine 16 special issue on Pluripotential.
Edited by Sreshta Rit Premnath & Warren Neidich

 Éric Alliez
, Bernard Andrieu, 
Eric Anglès
, Kader Attia, 
Elena Bajo, 
Lindsay Benedict
, Nicholas Chase, 
Seth Cluett
, Zoe Crosher
, Krysten Cunningham, 
Yevgeniy Fiks
, Dan Levenson, 
Antje Majewski
, T. Kelly Mason, 
Michele Masucci
, Daniel Miller, 
Seth Nehil
, Warren Neidich, 
Susanne Neubauer, 
Hans Ulrich Obrist
, Chloe Piene, 
Sreshta Rit Premnath, 
Linda Quinlan, 
Patricia Reed
, Silva Reichwein, 
Barry Schwabsky, 
Gemma Sharpe, 
Amy Sillman
, Francesco Spampinato, 
Tyler Stallings, 
Laura Stein, 
Clarissa Tossin
, Brindalyn Webster
, Lee Welch
, Olav Westphalen

Hans Ulrich Obrist Interview with David Deutsch

HUO: Your book, The Fabric of Reality [1997], had a real influence on the art and architecture fields. Philippe Parreno wants to ask you this question: “Can reality be produced?”

DD: I think the deepest answer is that we don’t know yet. But I believe the best answer available is “no.” The whole of reality including the multiverse and all the “production”—all the creation—that has happened and will ever happen within the multiverse is in some sense already there. The trouble is that that answer doesn’t explain the fact that there is a vital distinction between knowledge that was already there but was merely transformed, …

You will be able to create mental pictures that represent you

excerpts from Experiencing Hypnotism, 2009
published by Atomic Activity Books…

Entity: Report On A Visit To The Didactic Branch Of The Museum For Applied Hermeneutics, Bielefeld, Germany, August 11, 2117

We are led into a large hall with comfortable seating. A young, noticeably longhaired staff member takes over the introduction. The following is an account of our impressions and excerpts from our recordings.

SPEAKER: “Though we see ourselves as following completely in the tradition of the Annales School, a narrative account of one individual’s experience Can be useful in so far as it is symptomatic of the full sequence of events. As you surely already know, we supplement Oral history with Visual history. The abundance of cameras installed in the public and private spheres at the start of the century has provided us with material …

From the Abandoned Poems project

I asked fellow poets to give me their “failed” or abandoned poems to work on.


To set this timber straight:
The eyelid of art shuts slowly
a tear keeps the orb from getting stuck
no punch lines. Genius loves conspiracy.
Mondrian straightens out his branches,
saying, “You’ve got to dream the lie
before you live it,” then ducks
to avoid an oncoming sparrow.
“You’ve got to twist it to get it straight.”
He’s leaving all the lines but none
of the edges. Still the tree gets darker
at night so take your opportunity.
“Why date my works?” he keeps on thinking,
apropos of nothing. …

Toward a Pluripotent Hybridity: A new body agency of self?

A performative context

The development of new biology(1) has opened up new possibilities for the question of what defines the nature of humanity(2) and the risk of biopower,(3)
to explore and develop endogenous capacities of the body. With the discovery of embryonic pluripotent stem cells, nanotech(4) and prosthesis
the old definition of the mechanical body was no longer sufficient for describing the plasticity and the reconfiguration of body agency. By body agency, we not only mean a human enhancement(5), but also the activation of the pluripotential body through its biotechnological performance. The matter of the body is the result, as Judith Butler has noted, of …

Brasilia by Foot



MASS VENTRILOQUISM was originally read on February 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California at Southern Exposure. The author approached
newly acquired friends from Portland State University, Otis College of Art and Design, old friends from California College of the Arts and strangers hanging out after their participation in SFMOMA’s “Social Practice West” panel discussion.
“Would you like to read a part in this play for the 2 Minute Presentation Series*? The part is less than a page and you don’t have to act. Just read the words as you understand them to sound in your head.”
The play was cast in under an …

Moments, time, world, punctuated by


They agreed to begin a collaborative project. They had nothing but their good looks. They would make a pornographic movie. DO YOU
WANT TO EAT MY HEART They each had different motives. But they all converged A SWEET DREAM. IN ONE BODY It would play in every
theater. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME There was no plot. A trailing red silk dress. A
trailing fingernail. In real time. SHE IS BREATHING HARD EXHAUSTED CRAWLING ON THE FLOOR Demand, demand, demand. WHITE WALL
AND BLACK HOLE A list of names. Call and response. A list of numbers. YOU BE …


While alphabets were invented after words, words have always been projections of thought. Now, when I speak with somebody, when I write
this sentence, when you read it, this act is always separated from the thought. A temporal gap between the production of this sentence, the thought, and its articulation as a sign.

Using a letter, added by a simple gesture with black spray paint, I blurred this distance, creating a series of words that exist both as pronunciation and representation.

Some years ago I was in an English-speaking place for the first time, lost in the reality of the fluently spoken, fast and locally …

Nothing more than a theatre of fluctuating ideas and echoes of future moments (A New Refutation of Time)

Performing a text, Reading a sculpture, Playing some thoughts


You should start your act now.
I am timing it.
It should last 15 minutes.
No more than that.
We are all busy.
We like things that are fluid and to the point.
15 minutes is enough
If it was enough for Andy Warhol, it has to be enough for you.
It is enough.
Friend, this is enough.
Should you wish to read more.
Go and yourself become the writing, yourself the essence.
(Music playing)…


This is a book which I have made no plans for
This is a book that is written …



Mic lives at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio.
She was taught to take pictures. She took these.

The Cause of the Guattari Effect*

“Guattari’s an amazing philosopher, particularly when he’s talking about politics, or about music.”
-Gilles Deleuze (Negotiations, p. 26)

(“Is there a hope for philosophy, which for a long time has been an official, referential genre? Let us profit from this moment in which antiphilosophy is trying to be a language of power.”) -Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari (Kafka, p. 27)

In a slightly modified form, I am taking up once again a title that had come to me naturally during a two-day study workshop I had organized in London in April 2008 at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (Middlesex University)(1). I was uneasy …

‘Is this the helmet of Mambrino?’

The professor smells slightly and meetings in his office should therefore be avoided. He smells because he always wears the same sweater. Impeded by his own body he must force himself into the range of the microphone and towards us. The lectern creaks. So we listen to him – pens hovering over pages – waiting for the nuggets of truth that he will give to us about this painting, that monument in Rome, or this particular year of significance on the historical map.

We are waiting for his answers without recognising that there is an over-assurance and maybe a childish haughtiness in finding answers. “Why” …

Breton Bones

T. Kelly Mason | More Bones (Breton Bones) Dye Transfer Prints 12.5” x 19” 2009

T. Kelly Mason | 4 Bones (Breton Bones) Dye Transfer Prints 10” x 14” 2009

T. Kelly Mason | 3 Bones (Breton Bones) Dye Transfer Prints 10” x 14” 2009

T. Kelly Mason | Breton Immobilier Dye Transfer Prints, 3 pieces, 19” x 25” 2009

T. Kelly Mason | Breton Immobilier Dye Transfer Prints, 3 pieces, 19” x 25” 2009

T. Kelly Mason | Breton Immobilier Dye Transfer Prints, 3 pieces, 19” x 25” 2009

“3 to 4” (Work in Progress)

“3 to 4” (Work in Progress) HD video 2010
“3 to 4” (Work in Progress) HD video 2010

Being and Acting

Two men on stage sitting on chairs with a table between them.
I don’t think I could play the role you play now.
But this is me I am letting it all hang out.
No, it’s not you.
This ain’t me?
I mean, I think you’re thinking of sixty things at once.

How is it going? Is it getting dull?
Is he upset and distressed and articulate?
Is he bored? Is he offended?
Yeah, here’s a good time for a joke? We haven’t got much time.
You’re thinking about nine million things and …

on “words nd ends from ez”/Dawn’s Erasure

Had lost faith in the poem. Or in myself, in my sight as it spewed sentences, one after the other, like sheep I was counting, & never enough.

Studied Pound for a year or more. & his tropes, his failures. The Language poets too, tho the opacity of their work mirrored Pound’s, their coldness regarding the object suggested their having been burned, you know, by objects. How had they read Stein & Zukofsky? What, in the poetry of the forerunners of the Language moment, was not autobiographical? To their credit, the poetries of Bernstein, Coolidge, & Silliman are constantly invoking pleasure, & often across layers …

Iron Ore Outpour

Iron Ore Outpour Collage 2010

Close Your Eyes See


7th Sense

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

excerpts from 7th Sense for solo bass with electronics, 2005

Potentiality and the Politics of Indistinctive Equality

It is symptomatic of the current plight of concept of ‘potentiality’ that one requires the prefix ‘pluri’ to denote an understanding of a highly diversified notion of the term. The dichotomous relationship that has been instantiated between the ‘potential’ and the ‘actual’ is an unfortunate simplification, in which potentiality is reduced to a state of waiting for a catalytic event in order to render it productive, to render it actual, to render it other. This dichotomous relationship between the potential and the actual is inferred by such general statements as a “child has the potential to know“(1), signifying that the child “…must

Children’s Games (after Breugel): a growth for mimicry and variation

Play, even if it appears without sense,
contains a whole world therein;
the world and its complete structure
is nothing but a children’s game”
– Jacob Cats, 1622

Parts may overlap or be shown in any order.

Part One

Construct a literary story based on the NY Times book review of Neverland by Piers Dudgeon, entitled “For Starters, a Satanic Svengali” (by Janet Maslin, Oct. 26, 2009). The story should attempt to convey, in unadorned style, the content of any scenes or interactions or occurrences which are described in the review. No attempt should be made to force these scenes into sequence, or to invent …


University of California, Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery presented Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art during fall 2009 and winter 2010. This was group exhibition of twenty international artists exploring human interaction with animals through provocative video installations, photographs, paintings, and sculptures. It was co-curated by myself and Los Angeles-based artist and independent curator Rachel Mayeri. Intelligent Design came on the heels of several exhibitions and conferences in the UK in 2009 that explored the topic of interspecies interactions in light of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

During the run of the exhibition, I kept being reminded that different species will never know the consciousness of …


Seth Cluett

Shifting Positions

Susanne Neubauer to Silva Reichwein (a sort of self-portrait) Pencil on paper, 8.27 x 11.69 inch

physical surface and intellectual depth
visuality and non-visual seeing
abstraction within the picture shifts towards the straight-lined quotidian field
images which do not demand or give an explanation
to erode mind, interpretation, thinking and cognition
they are islands to leave during the act of seeing
if the reality of the picture is more real than reality
painting as a site of presence
illusion disillusioned
space within the format limitless, incalculable
the power of a line and yet non-linear, undirected
controlled spontaneity
ligation or value of color yet sovereignty, exclusiveness …

Sculpting the Brain, and I don’t mean like Rodin

Part 1.

“…The most extensive modification to take place in human brain evolution – the disproportionate expansion of the cerebral cortex, and specifically of the prefrontal cortex – reflects the evolutionary adaptation to this intensive working memory processing demand imposed by symbol learning. So the very nature of symbolic reference, and its unusual cognitive demands when compared to non-symbolic forms of reference, is a selection force working on those neurological resources most critical to supporting it. In the context of a society heavily dependent on symbol use-as is any conceivable human society, but no nonhuman societies-brains would have been under intense selection to adapt to …

American Communists in Moscow

1. American writer and Communist John Reed’s house, where he lived in 1920.
2. Red Square, where Communist Party USA Chairwoman Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was given state funeral in 1964.
3. Kremlin Wall, where John Reed and Charles Ruthenberg, one of the founders of the American Communist Party were buried.
4. The Comintern (“Communist International”, also known as the Third International), an international Communist organization founded in Moscow in March 1919.
5. Moscow State University, where the founder of the American Communist Party Charles Ruthenberg studied in 1921-1924 and where in 1979 American Communist activist Angela Davis was made an honorary professor.
6. “National” Hotel, …

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