/// Extrastatecraft

May 19th from 7PM-9PM

Keller Easterling

4188 Elgin Street, Houston
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More than hidden pipes and wires, infrastructure space is something like an operating system for shaping the city. Far from hidden but seen perhaps with half-closed eyes, it is a surrounding matrix of repeatable rules, relationships, and spatial products — the skyscrapers, malls, resorts, franchises, parking lots, airports, ports, golf courses, or free zones that press into view and often look the same whether they are in Texas or Taiwan. Coding the system are bankers, developers, and consultants for whom space may only be a byproduct of laws, econometrics, informatics, logistics, or global standards. Yet this matrix space is shaping of some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world. It has become a de facto medium of polity and a secret weapon of stealthy politics. But this space is also an underexploited tool of global change that brings another relevance to art and design. And it prompts an adventure in thinking that considers nothing less than an alternative approach to form-making and activism, an alternative with special aesthetic pleasures and political capacities.