This summer, IIIII Columns will have the honor of publishing a very exciting work by an esteemed philosopher & my former collegue from the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Studies (o beloved PIFAS!) & a guest lecturer in my Architecture with/out Architects series. Brandon Joyce’s Home Depot: A Possibility Analysis focuses on how possibility is made, or concretely produced; rather than something that just is or is not.
“As something concretely produced, we can only talk about possibility or impossibility in very concrete situations— for this, I chose Home Depot, for a number of reasons. One of those reasons, is the cultural possibility of the poetics of making; what a bricoleur/D.I.Y. cultural life has aesthetically/poetically in common with the bricoleur/D.I.Y./redneck approach to building rooms and fixing sinks (versus “official” culture-making’s kinship with “official making of contracted construction and home building). This is to say, also, that Home Depot is as much as— probably more— of a resource for cultural stock than something like an “art supply” store, in that as we make things possible through Home Depot, with a certain sensibility, we question the very ways in which life and culture are made. About what is possible and impossible, on a daily level.”
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