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PERPETUAL SPRING, THE CLIMATE-CORRECTING MACHINE, AND THE FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE 영원한 봄

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Perpetual Spring

Future School Online – v1.3.5

17th International Architecture Exhibition

The Korean Pavilion

La Biennale di Venezia

Perpetual Spring, the first prototype of the Climate Correcting Machine Project, was designed by Obra Architects and first built in September 2019 in Seoul as a public performance/exhibition space and institutional Trojan Horse to the MMCA—The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Perpetual Spring aimed to help create public awareness about the urgent crisis of global warming while publicly establishing it as not only a technical crisis but also as a political crisis predicated on exclusion and exploitation.

For more about Perpetual Spring and its participant programs please see perpetualspring.org

Perpetual Spring, as an ongoing project, proposes an optimistic approach to tackling the problems of climate change by speculation on the redeployment of what is perhaps one of our most prized possessions: the machine. Perpetual Spring proposes the machine as the artificer of a new attitude towards nature. If the OLD machine has been until now the instrument of exploitation par excellence—Perpetual Spring speculates—a NEW machine could instead become the prime tool in the bringing about of a new relationship with the world, a relationship in which we humans collectively cease to be the exploiter to become what Joseph Beuys presciently intuited: the world’s consciousness.

These speculative machines of the future will not possibly ever be built by architect-dreamers, mad-scientists or tech-billionaire-übermensch acting alone, they can only be built in the context of a new collectively-created cultural dispensation. It is only the birth of a new popular zeitgeist that could bring them about. A possibly approaching time of the new machines, will only come to pass if it is itself constructed with deliberate intent using the building blocks of human lives themselves. It is then of prime importance for us to see our present task as the construction of the future by means of reconceptualizing both the objectives and the means of education itself and the contribution architecture could make to that objective.

As part of Future School Online – v1.3.5 17th International Architecture Exhibition at The Korean Pavilion of La Biennale di Venezia, taking place between May 22 and November 21, 2021, an assembled team of artists, curators, thinkers and architects will discuss the prospects of architecture and the city, machines and the future of education in the context of the ongoing crisis that first inspired the urgency for a Perpetual Spring.

Alex Taekwon Lee, Professor of Philosophy, Kyung Hee University, Seoul

Giuseppe Stampone and Maria Crispal, Artists, Rome and Brussels

Jihoi Lee, Senior Curator MMCA, Seoul

Obra Architects, New York, Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee

Peter Lynch, Architect, Stockholm

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Perpetual Spring, the Climate-correcting Machine, and the Future of Architecture

Perpetual Spring, the Climate-correcting Machine, and the Future of Architecture

Seoul, Online, Workshop, Generative Dialogue

A repository of collective effort toward a meta-technology

Overview

Originally commissioned for and installed in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (September 2019 to April 2020), Perpetual Spring is an instance of the type of opportunity afforded by ephemeral projects and their experimental potential. Because of their temporary nature, these projects are allowed to venture into territory sometimes denied to architecture intended for permanence, mapping new grounds for action and future education.

Perpetual Spring and other ephemeral projects have the capacity to unveil forbidden or otherwise concealed synergies between architecture and the city. Ephemeral projects can be used to explore the potential of architecture as re-integrated into a higher totality to confront urgent issues such as climate change and the environment, social inequality and democratic participation, as well as demonstrating the eloquence of architecture in its capacity to convey much-needed civic significance.

In its upcoming incarnation as part of Future School, Perpetual Spring 2 will take the form of a virtual platform. Becoming a vehicle for the dissemination of dialectical knowledge, Perpetual Spring 2 will serve as a potent connecting conduit for speakers and teachers that want to give a lecture, teach a class or lead a short virtual workshop for a faceless but still expansive global audience.

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