“You heard about this place, a small guerilla ghetto, hidden inside the guts of a forgotten neighborhood, in that kind of weird periphery, the edge of things. It is not even exotic, or at least not yet. This is where
the light homogeneity stops. Not due to an opera of flashing lights, but simply due to the place being off-the grid, off-from-all-kinds-of-grids. In this tribe, you heard that people might be weird: unproductive, yet very progressive; caring for and promoting an ideal world, a truly free environment where all things can happen.” – Zenovia Toloudi
Over the past ten years, Organs Everywhere (Œ) has promoted conversations that approach architectural design from the edges of the discipline — testing its boundaries, technologies, methods and (e)valuation systems, and keeping them unstable. It has valued transdisciplinary, speculative and irreverent explorations over strict publishing formats and academic purity, promoting a profanatory and open-ended ethos.
Each issue has strung together disparate organs and limbs, activating precarious couplings and associations, and testing new metabolisms and assemblages. And so does the first volume of Œ Case Files continue its commitment to the making and unmaking of monsters, both by anthologising past contributions into fresh configurations and designs, and by combining them with entirely new articles and voices. Here, philosophers, designers, experimental architects, artists, science fiction writers, activists, and poets shift, expand and re-imagine notions of space, time, inhabitation, technology, knowledge, use, value and experience. A patchwork of essays, stories, design experiments, buildings, art installations, drawings, prose poems, photographs and speculative projects collide in the book, infecting simple disciplinary orthodoxies with doubt and potentials, uncertainty and hope — indecisive photons and softness; metatactility and haunted houses; neurodiversity and protocells; prosthetics, grease and darkness; post-human scenographies, software and GPS anklets; anthropocenic devices, paprika and synthetic biology.
Simone Ferracina is a Lecturer in Architectural Design/Detail at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), The University of Edinburgh, where his research and teaching investigate radical modes of co-authorship, the reactivation of wastes and metabolic design. Simone received a PhD in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought from the European Graduate School. He is the founder and editor of the online journal Organs Everywhere (Œ), and the director of the Œ Case Files imprint in collaboration with punctum books. He has published, performed and exhibited work internationally, and his monograph on design potentials and radical reuse (Ecologies of Inception: Designing Hyperobjects, Routledge, 2022) is forthcoming. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Simone was a researcher at Newcastle University and, for over a decade, an Associate and Project Manager/Architect at Richard Meier & Partners Architects in New York City, with award-winning projects in Italy, Czech Republic, and Taiwan.
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