Theory in the Making
Right from the start of the PhD course ‘Philosophies’ at the KTH in Stockholm I deliberately wanted to experiment with ‘applying’ the selected theory readings from the philosophies course to my PhD case study, the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing (CCTV) by Rem Koolhaas. This making theory operational, or as Jane Rendell puts it; a self-reflexive mode of theoretical work (as a tool); as a chance not only to reflect on existing conditions, but also to imagine something different, to transform rather than to describe (text 2 in this booklet), is relevant only when situated, and partial as Donna Haraway explains. Objectivity and the possibility to make rational knowledge claims should be based on partial perspective, location, positioning, situating and the activation of the object. The objectivity in partial perspective ‘situated knowledge’ is about being transparent and clear about ones position (text 4).
The questions, observations and associations that emerged out of this combination of specific theory and my project, where guided by my main PhD research question. How can, while engaging with the paradoxical and complex realities of the modern everyday, through different techniques of estrangement (micro-politics), architecture as unique spatial and aesthetic knowledge, in its presence (autonomy) and representation, play a role in transforming reality? How can through techniques of estrangement a questioning, unfinishedness/ imperfection, a situated freedom, or as Harraway calls it the partial perspective, be enacted in a project.