Within the ‘Architecture of Intelligence’ by Giuseppe Stampone
SEOUL BIENNALE OF ARCHITECTURE
Commoning Cities | group show
Curated by Helen Hejung Choi
Texts by Leonardo Caffo, Daniele Capra, Giuliana Carbi, Mylène Ferrand, Pietro Gaglianò, Valentina Sonzogni.
‘RAVE around Seoul’ exports the practices of RAVE, contextualizing them in other green places on
the other side of the planet: we bring RAVE animals rescued from slaughterhouse or
other violent situations within the beautiful public parks of Seoul, by the means of drawing.
In order to consider the effects of the anthropocene and evaluate the consequences on food we
must envision the possibility of a new posthuman era capable of abandoning the anthropocentric
paradigm in favor of models of coexistence with an interest in a biocentric perspective.
We are not able to predict the forms, the way tomorrow’s humans will live, but we can practice
alternative ways, different from the current dominant model.
Drawing makes it possible to set other animals in the centre of the city, no longer raised for food,
or imprisoned, but totally free, in a surreal displacement: a sketched evocation of utopia. Like
‘images of resistance’, all these living beings from a small village in the countryside in Italy visually
become part of the population of Seoul.
‘Architecture of Intelligence’
Inspired by Rem Koolhaas’ ( for the Seoul Biennale ) sentence which describes the South Korean
capital as ‘Manhattan with Alps’, Giuseppe Stampone creates a new Architecture of Intelligence
based on the relationship between urban spaces and their surrounding ecosystems. Seoul, one of
the major and most sophisticated cities in Asia, where the most advanced technologies and the
environment try to walk hand in hand, is what gave Stampone the idea for a group map as part of
his recent research. He asked ten people – artists and intellectuals who are close to him in terms
of ethical vocation and project sharing – to come up with ten proposals which will be put on a larger
conceptual map. The focus of the action are the ‘areas of weakness’ between city and natural
environment, spaces which resemble Marc Augé’s ‘Non-Places’ and Gilles Clement’s The Third
Landscape. Here the attrition between civilisation and environment is more present, the balance
more delicate and unstable and the consequences of each choice more serious. Together with the
map Giuseppe Stampone created a children’s workshop to put together a spelling book in Korean
which is displayed next to both a video illustrating the entire process and the group map to which
the following people contributed:
Stefano Boccalino, Jota Castro, CCD Studio, Pietro Gaglianò, Igor Grubic, Ugo La Pietra,
Stefania Gallegati , Marco Neri, OBRA Architects, Paolo Parisi, Simona Pavone, Alfredo Pirri,
Isabella Pers and Tiziana Pers (RAVE), Marinella Senatore, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio.