by sepidehkarami


Franz Kafka writes, “A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us”. Foucault considers knowledge “not for knowing” but “for cutting”. In both quotes, the action, the move and consequently ‘change’ and ‘revolution’ is the fundamental message. What matters is not the theory or knowledge itself but what it can do. In fact the knowledge or theory is built while operating, affecting or changing; its credibility and reliability is hinged to its performative affects.  Hence the “cut” and the “stroke” suggest how theory should perform within the reality outside, in everyday life, in politics and in history, in time and space. Theory should be the ax to break down the frozen and solidified routines to let the sea overflow, spill and become “practice” in each of its stroke. Theory is not separable from practice if it is supposed to be applied and become effective.

The following collection is produced in three different modules of PhD Philosophy course at KTH. In each text that is basically a reflection on the collection of readers in different conceptual clusters, I have tried to keep close to my own thematic research on one hand and investigate it in close relation to practice of architecture on the other. It has been an effort to see how each conceptual cluster could be applied in practice and what are the possibilities and potentials for opening up new concepts while being put to work. I have tried to test the relation of each theoretical discussion to reality, through, movie, literature and architecture. As my own research interest is summed up under the title of “revolution”, my goal has been more or less to study each cluster through the lens of ‘change’ and ‘revolution’. It’s why the ‘act’ itself becomes the fundamental search for me in theory; the small and tiny acts, which are capable of making changes and revolutionizing our routines and what we are immersed in without being aware of.