PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT
BECOMING MINOR is a hybrid research between architecture, critical theory and material practice, looking to diagram projects and work processes of architects and collectives based in the context of Ibero-America. The project´s concept is a collaboration between Inês Moreira (architect and curator) and Susana Caló (philosophy researcher and editor) who want to experiment the conceptual and material continuity of the project in its various formats and in curatorial / editing processes.
Enunciated through the literature of Kafka by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the concept ‘becoming minor’ refers to a potential of transformation and of opening spaces within a context dominated by subordination to a larger or dominant language. The project starts from this concept and explores its instantiation in spatial practices in Ibero-America. Exploring what is called ‘critical spatial practices’, the project wants to go particularly to the encounter of concepts of space and of architecture practics in which the political, economic, social and ecological factors intersect the projectual development and contribute to a discourse of multiplicity.
If, on the one hand, the assumed Ibero-American unit – and even of Latin America – is vague, and is based both in colonial reminiscences and in a strategic positioning in the context of a globalized world where competitive blocks are formed increasingly extended, on the other hand, the territory itself of Latin America, as well as the historical relation between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America are also a figure of miscegenation, cross, hybridization, multiplicity and intersectionss for more visible political, cultural and identity formations.
BECOMING MINOR explores projects sensitive to the specificity of contextual conditions, often using other tactics to the traditional methodology of architecture and making a social and economic operative critique, committed on transformation and on revitalization of its context. The architectural project acquires a proximity to everyday life and a processual nature, the modalities of relation with the context change the project itself and the work becomes reflexive and relational. These works are close to cultural practices, characterized also by a particular reconciliation that defies the global and local; they have a strong spatial component and use, among others, techniques of materials recycling, reuse of existing resources, the do-it yourself, or experiment various work modes.