This feuilleton is both a sporadic publication and a loose collective operating under the aegis of The Anxious Prop. That which is common is the desire to work with two looping, yet sequential parameters: 1. We are into the labor of producing forms, shapes, and figures as a method to explore collective knowledge by challenging the discourse of digital fabrication; 2. These forms, shapes, and figures emerge with the disposition to be activated, triggering their condition as theatrical objects and their consequent instrumental or anthropological role in the world. The Anxious Prop is an open collective of artists, architects, scientists, theorists, and designers initiated in 2009 by Luis Berríos-Negrón, that shares and nurtures a curiosity about resource-sensitive production, traditional and customizable practices, while contesting the boundaries between individuality and collectivity.
image: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Diagrammatic scheme of knowledge, reproduction of a drawing ca. 1663, Thomasius 1661, Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek, Hannover, Leibn. Marg. 32
The issue of intellectual property has gained new momentum with the dawn of the digital habitat. Good half a millennium ago, not long before the printing press was invented and put to work, the architect Leon Alberti Battista introduced methods for the identical reproduction of drawings as a way to protect his original designs from the distortions through analogue reproduction. Today, in an ever expanding collective immersion in identically reproducible things – there is nothing in the digital habitat that can’t be copied –, tables have turned. If everything can be copied, originality and the expression of authorship change their position in cultural topology – a change that has massive impacts on the concept of intellectual property in the whole spectrum of our ways of dealing with reality.
The turn bears tremendous implications for the formation of the emerging digital global societies. Post-Snowden, we only slowly begin to understand how the digitalization of everything is affecting our day-to-day reality and the Gestaltung of urban spaces. In Case 5: The Intellectual Property Issue, The Anxious Prop sets out to launch a public complot to intervene in the issue of intellectual property in the digital habitat by way of a collective public intervention and a new edition of the AXP feuilleton.
image: Palm-Leaf Umbrella, Shape Grammar Analysis, from "Shape: Talking about Seing and Doing" by George Stiny, MIT Press 2006, courtesy of the author.
Case 4 co-directed by Jan Bovelet and Luis Berríos-Negrón with contributions by Caitlin Berrigan, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Jan Bovelet, Rick Buckley, Eric Ellingsen, Tim Gough, Mendel Heit, Alexandra Hopf, Boris Kajmak, Anna Kostreva, Miodrag Kuč, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, Pia Marais, The MIT Museum, Olivia Plender, The Product, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Carrie Roseland, Salottobuono, Gabi Schillig, George Stiny.
image: Relational Circuit for Threeing by Paul Ryan
Case 3 by Luis Berríos-Negrón, Elín Hansdóttir, Mendel Heit, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, The Product with Jens Wunderling
With contributions by Morgan Belenguer, Miodrag Kuč, urbikon; external contributions by Ross Adams, Hilary Brown, François Bucher, Jean Gardner, Mark Jarzombek, Bjarke Ingels, Pia Marais, Walter Mercado, Paul Ryan, and Hannes Schmidt.
Case 2: have balls [ECCENTRIC]
, Splace, Alexanderplatz Pavillon, Panoramastraße 1, D-10178 Berlin
image: 16 frequency alternate spheres computer graphics from program by Joe
Clinton from Domebook 2 (Bolinas: Pacific Domes, 1971)
Case 2 by Luis Berríos-Negrón with Morgan Belenguer, Mendel Heit, Vladimir Karaleev, Miodrag Kuč, The Product, TRACKnFIELD, urbikon, Leah Whitman-Salkin, Sarah Witt.
With additional contributions from Pia Marais, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, and Gabriel Shalom.