Architect and writer Markus Miessen and philosopher Armen Avanessian have been invited to discuss the possibilities of xeno-architecture and reflect upon what such a notion encompasses in terms of collaboration, work processes, and spatial experimentation—a reflection that picks up where they left off in Miessen’s recent publication Crossbenching toward a Proactive Mode of Participation as a Critical Spatial Practice (Sternberg Press, 2016). Their exchange, together with an investigation of practices taken as inspiration, forms the bulk of Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match. As part of this process, a performative lecture will be presented at Kaaitheater in Brussels on April 18, 2017. Subsequently, a publication will appear presenting the findings of the project.
The exploration of “theory-as-practice” (cf. Suhail Malik) is paramount within Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match. In the back and forth between research and (artistic) experimentation, the dynamic relationship between theory and practice constitutes both the form and matter of this project.