Neil Spiller (February 20, 2008)

Jean Michel Crettaz welcomes Neil Spiller and questions the role of the new, and the future of architecture, science, and technology. Crettaz asks how we investigate systems beyond visual anchor points. He goes on to say that science fiction has exhausted its visual vocabulary, and therefore novel spacial propositions will be informed by cyberspace, emergent technologies, genetics, and molecular and tissue engineering.

Spiller explains that the project he is presenting is about many things including history, ancient and contemporary mythology, architectural concerns, and what it means to be human and creative. He recites a poem by Zodiac Mindwarp of Tattooed Beat Messiah.

Neil Spiller discusses Little Machinery, Mary Liddell’s 1926 children’s book. It was the first children’s book to employ elements of industrialization, rather than traditional fairytale or Edwardian conventions. Spiller presents his own version, titled Little Soft Machinery.

Spiller associates the narrative and art history references in his work to ethical issues of nanotechnology, growth, digital space and reflexive new landscapes.

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