“STILL ALIVE”, LANDSCAPES AND OTHERS FLESHINESSES.

24/02/2011
“STILL ALIVE”, LANDSCAPES AND OTHERS FLESHINESSES.
by Alberto Estévez
metalocus
Due to his research on the application of genetics to architecture, Alberto T. Estévez has created the new, strange and surprising images that are joined in this book: a selection of "altered" photographs about natural structures on its most genetic, primitive and original level. Such research is concentrated in the layer where the cellular masses emerge and organize themselves as the first structural step. Something collected thanks tho the use of the electron microscope, which opens a still little known dimension of reality, even more when some induced reading takes to a fascinating surreality, of enigmatic evocative power.

Maybe it’s no coincidence that is in Barcelona —the city of Antoni Gaudí, where Salvador Dalí prophesied that “the future of architecture will be soft and furry”— where began the real application of genetics to architecture in the year 2000, with the creation of the world’s first (real) genetic architecture laboratory, and at the same time, the first digital production workshop was built at a Spanish school of architecture, the ESARQ (UIC). Is in this context that, as result from research, the new, strange and surprising images that are joined in this book, have been created: a selection of “altered” photographs about nature’s structures on its most genetic, primitive and original level. Such research, due to work with genetic techniques, due to the fact of having as main objective the application of genetic to architecture, is focused on the layer where the cellular masses emerge and organize themselves as the first structural step. For this reason is used the electron microscope, that allow us to see a perspective of thousands of magnifications. This fact opens a dimension still little known of reality, which depending on the reading and interpretation made of the images takes to a fascinating surreality: a vision that creates a more propitious setting for approaching the digital organicism, for justifying it, and even for redeeming it if somebody wanted to stigmatize the expressiveness an...read more