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S T U D I O S TAT E

We the citizens of the Studio State, in order to form a more perfect state, prosper without data, trust in fortune, and communicate in truth, do pronounce and establish this Constitution for the Studio State in the Barrel Vault of the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London, United Kingdom. 1. 1.1. 1.2.

2. 2.1. 2.2. 3. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 3.5. 3.6. 3.7.

The Studio State frees every citizen from their personal data upon birth or immigration. All citizens’ personal data is stored safely in The Vault, which serves as a constant reminder of our freedom from data capitalism and exploitation. If a person wishes to immigrate and become a citizen of the Studio State, they must pass through The Body Scanner, which frees them of their personal data and detects media-related objects. The Body Scanner then determines whether or not they may enter the state. A citizen’s job is assigned by The Wheel of Fortune on their 16th birthday. On each of their following birthdays, the citizen will spin The Wheel again and take a new job. Second tries at The Wheel of Fortune are not allowed. All citizens of the Studio State are equal under the Wheel of Fortune and are ensured lifelong occupation once of age. Information is always to be shared directly from person to person, in person. No written media. No visual media. No audio media. No tactile media. No olfactory media. No digital media, and thus, no digital devices. Organised media is not to be trusted or consumed in any form.


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A R C H I T EC T U R A L A S S O C I AT I O N

SUMMER SCHOOL

3 - 21 J U LY 2017

The Studio State forms a critical project that comments on today’s society and its formal constitution. In its commentary, the Studio State is not only a response to, but becomes itself a direct expression of an architecture of now.

We the citizens of the Studio State, in order to form a more perfect state, prosper without data, trust in fortune, and communicate in truth, do pronounce and establish this Constitution for the Studio State in the Barrel Vault of the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London, United Kingdom.

The Studio, be it an artist studio, the creative sanctuary of a recording studio or in our case the space of a unit within an institute of architectural education, has always been a safe space for the development of critical ideas. The premise of the Studio State subverts this save space into a political one by the ceremonious act of declaring its territory a State. It necessitates the discussion of everything proposed on its political implications and attached values.

1. 1.1. 1.2.

In analogy with the idea of the micro-nation the Studio State becomes a vehicle for comment and critique by a precise formulation of what defines the Studio States’ relationship towards the hegemony. Utopian, anarchistic, artistic and theoretical projects ranging from Thomas Moores’ Utopia, to Hans Widmer’s Bolo'Bolo to Koolhaas’ Voluntary Prison show the potential breadth and depth that hypothetical projects can have as critical commentary. By using the critical potential of satire through means such as exaggeration, absurdism, parody, juxtaposition, reversal, comparison, analogy or double entendre to bring to the surface current and controversial issues of our times, the project stands in direct dialectic relationship with the State from which it has claimed its independence.

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C B

A self referential elaboration of the States’ artefacts reifies the States’ presence and with it, almost naturally becomes its justification. Power laid out in an elaborated system of codified cultural goods. It allows for the discussion of the Studio States’ material culture as a reflection of its values and in a wider context that of the values of our own. Asking of us to re-examine and question the embedded values in all objects that surround us every day. Participants Aysenur Onaran Giles Reed Hanzhang Lai Haoran Wang Laila Apene Feitoza Moe Omiya Niveda Karuppuswamy Rachelle DiGregorio Ramya Lakshmi Puram Mani Kumar Rewa Ratra Sofia Leijonberg Stephanie Baer Xiaoqing Xu Tutors Benjamin Groothuijse David Schmidt Korbinian Kainz Guests Camiel Van Noten Caspar Frenken Joseph Halligan Mara Kanthak wikipedia.org/studiostate instagram.com/aastudiostate summerschool.aaschool.ac.uk Designed by Andrea Evangelista All photographs by Viviana Fagnani, except B and F by the Studio

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Information is always to be shared directly from person to person, in person. 3.1. No written media. 3.2. No visual media. 3.3. No audio media. 3.4. No tactile media. 3.5. No olfactory media. 3.6. No digital media, and thus, no digital devices. 3.7. Organised media is not to be trusted or consumed in any form. 3.8. Exceptions to Article 3 may be used by the State, and the State alone, as listed below: 3.8.1. The Constitution. 3.8.2. The Declaration of State. 3.8.3. The Wheel of Fortune. 3.8.4. The Body Scanner. 3.8.5. The Flag. 3.8.6. The Crest. 3.8.7. Press conferences with other nations. 3.8.8. Photographic evidence of The Vault. 3.8.9. Photographic evidence of The Wall. 3.8.10. The AA Studio State Instagram Account. 4.

Citizens must not eat unicorns.

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The Studio State complies with existing international treaties and agreements unless they require unreasonable amounts of non-verbal communication, or are at odds with the laws stated in this Constitution. The Studio State accepts the Wartime Standards in the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The Studio State rejects the Paris Climate Agreement of 2016 due to the unnecessary amount of written reporting and communication required of members. The Studio State will not apply for membership to the United Nations because their goal for “the advancement of all peoples” disrespects the power of The Wheel of Fortune. The Studio State will apply to be a member of the European Union once said organization acknowledges the problematic nature of data, the importance of verbal communication, and the superiority of The Wheel of Fortune.

5.1.

B C

The Crest is an emblem of the State and visually captures and summarises various elements that have symbolic value to the State. It is then used to represent the State at the press conference where a complementary flower piece strengthens the careful arrangement that makes up the visual relay of the State in the Media. The Vault Monument plays on the iconic imagery of data centres that are, although ubiquitous, rarely seen or experienced in person. The Wheel of Fortune has its roots in medieval and ancient philosophy, but in the Studio State its iteration plays on the visual language of the later appropriation of the wheel for entertainment.

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Replacing the media with only word of mouth communication is exemplified in the Studio State by an analog play on the possibly of anonymity in online communication and jokingly subverts it. The Pen used for the signing of the Declaration of the State at the very beginning of the Studio State was its initial artefact. In an act of mythification, it and its colour then became central to the States’ identity. The Wall was initially developed from an engagement with the given material of corrugated card. As the Studio State progressed, the architecture of the wall was elaborated upon by the application of a reduced set of decorations that have their origins in the original tectonics of the wall.

A citizen’s job is assigned by The Wheel of Fortune on their 16th birthday. On each of their following birthdays, the citizen will spin The Wheel again and take a new job. Second tries at The Wheel of Fortune are not allowed. All citizens of the Studio State are equal under the Wheel of Fortune and are ensured lifelong occupation once of age.

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D

A

The Studio State frees every citizen from their personal data upon birth or immigration. All citizens’ personal data is stored safely in The Vault, which serves as a constant reminder of our freedom from data capitalism and exploitation. If a person wishes to immigrate and become a citizen of the Studio State, they must pass through The Body Scanner, which frees them of their personal data and detects media-related objects. The Body Scanner then determines whether or not they may enter the state.

5.2. 5.3. 5.4.

6.

If citizens fail to observe any of the laws stated heretofore, their deportation will be immediately arranged according to The Wheel of Misfortune.

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STUDIO STATE. SUMMER SCHOOL, UNIT 5. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION LONDON, 3 – 21 JULY 2017. TUTORS: BENJAMIN GROOTHUIJSE, KORBINIAN KAINZ, DA...

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