Welcome to the Second Order Archive

The Winter 2013-14 ba.m 2.5 Archive Building Course at the MSA was a semester architecture studio stemming from the Archive Building Workshop in Copenhagen in the Spring of 2013. Compacted into eight weeks, this dense period focused on archives as contemporary spatial practice: how to loosely define what an archive could be by reverse-engineering the individual and collective preconceptions of it. This process of reverse-engineering is, by definition, both a sort of anachronistic process where the object of exploration is constantly dismantled, rebuilt, situated, and dismantled yet again. Ideally, this approach would then augment a type of Brechtian estrangement (critical distance, “Verfremdung”) for the group to question assumed conventions and thus self-inquire, not only about the archive as artistic and historiographic practice, but more importantly, as an archetype itself towards re-viewing the fundaments of spatial production.

The Second Order Archive emerges as a student built interface for the Müsnter School Architecture from the Archive Building course. Managed and edited by Markus Friedrich and Benedikt Wannemacher (in consultation with Luis Berríos-Negrón), the resource connects to the documented process and relevant discourse material, and final projects developed throughout the course.

The “Second Order Archive” title has been coined by course student Benedikt Wannemacher as a reference to the concept of second-order cybernetics by Heinz von Foerster. This reference is primarily concerned with the constructive approach, not to produce the archive, but to observe, question, explore, model and build that which makes-visible the object of the archive. This process is potentially continuous, in both growth and decay within the digital habitat, and is accessible reference and resource towards future archival forms.

The Second Order Archive works in parallel and interconnects to the Archive Building Workshop as an evolving compendium to these collective teaching projects by Luis Berríos-Negrón. The next iteration is scheduled at the MSA for the Summer 2014 semester, to be titled Living Archive (TBC).

PosterArchive Building final presentation | MSA Dachboden | 11.2.2014 | 9:00 – 17:00

Guest critics Prof. Julia Bolles-Wilson, Prof. Victor Mani, and Prof. Sven Pfeiffer
with visiting critic Eric Ellingsen, co-director Institut für Raumexperimente, UdK Berlin

ba.m 2.5 Entwurf course by Luis Berríos-Negrón

course student assistants Sebastian Gatz and Kaja Hansen

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