CONTROL SYNTAX RIO by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta

CONTROL SYNTAX RIO by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta
Storefront for Art and Architecture + Het Nieuwe Instituut [NYC] USA 28.03 > 20.05.2014
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
CONTROL SYNTAX RIO by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta. Fotografía @ Imagen Subliminal. Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero
The exhibition reveals structures of control within Rio de Janeiro's smart city command hub, COR. Control Syntax Rio examines Rio de Janeiro’s civic command center, Centro de Operações Rio as a model of computational smart city governance.
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront,'s current exhibit, Control Syntax Rio, is on display through May 20th. Curated and designed by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta, the syntax of Rio de Janeiro is assembled from seemingly banal “if-then” statements that become surprisingly charged by their encounters with the political and circulatory life of the city.
An attempt to manage the complex urban life through a computer program. Artificial intelligence to manage chaos.

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Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Mark Wasiuta
Exhibition Design
Sharif Anous, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Mark Was
Graphic Design
Exhibition Design and Production Assistance
Florencia Alvarez, Javier Bidot-Betancou
rt, John Dwyer, Jennifer Komorowski, Chelsea Meyer, Jacqui Robbins, Miranda Römer, Augustine Savage, Jen Wood
Sound Design.- Sonic Platforms (Michael
Christopher, Max Lauter) Film Voiceover.- Louise Dreier Field Recordings.- Marco Pavão Videography.- Terry Barentsen
Team Het Nieuwe Instituut This project
has been made possible through the initiative and leadership of the teams at HNI, led by Guus Beumer (Artistic Director) and Marina Otero Verzier (Head of Research), and at Storefront, led by Eva Franch (Chief Curator and Executive Director).

Farzin Farzin

Farzin Farzin (Farzin Lotfi-Jam) investigates the means by which objects, sites and systems acquire cultural value and examines the representation of value in architectural form. In what unexpected ways might architecture engage questions of history, preservation, and political contingency? Can a method of intervention in these matters be learned from the hairy logic of computational more


Mark Wasiuta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program.

Wasiuta is the recipient of recent grants from the Graham Foundation, NYSCA and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Recent exhibitions curated and produced with various collaborators include, more