architecture, communication, current project, non-space


Commutecture is called a larger work concept dealing with text and language as tools for information and communication. In different work series is reflected on communication structures and organizations, and the interrelation between sign and images, whereby the written language is understood as a tracking and construction device for thinking and its related shifting operations. The so formed structures or architectures of language have a deep impact on social, cultural life, and consciousness. We can therefore say, that language is a basic condition for almost all spheres and levels in societies and cultures.

In Commutecture are the archives, categorizations, codifications, texts, and text organizations protagonists of works with different topics and aesthetic expressions crossing divers media.

Text Architecture

A text is an architecture in which communication and information are structured as codes. This architecture is interconnected with mental activity: a loop-like regulation system. Through corresponding feedback, modifications are in a constant change, influencing dynamics in all realms of human activities. The information system as text is a technology taking effect on mental structures and is a prevalent instrument to build the context of life and activities.

The text codification is an alphabetical, sequential, and hierarchical architecture, mirroring culture, socio-history and authority beliefs of western societies. The linear text-architecture was understood as higher developed and civilized, not only in confront of the non-European cultures, but also in Europe itself, specific local text codifications were nearly or in large parts eliminated by an all-over implementation of the text system. The identification with technologies – as with text as information and communication technique – conforms to decisions and criteria of keeping hegemonies’ stability. Mirroring the globalization we could say that the alphabetical information and communication is architected in a super-text.

Human beings live corresponding to their material and spiritual constitution or principles. In capitalistic hegemony, the material aspect is fortified and enhanced. Instead, the spiritual aspect is a prime condition of autonomy and self-consciousness.

In the last decades, a paradigm change of the text-mental regulation in our society took place. Through digitization, among other things, the information and communication system is codified differently: horizontal, non-linear, non-hierarchical. The mental processes hereby are more net-like, abstract and process oriented. This changing allows a dynamic in information and communication systems towards transdisciplinarity. Different codifications of information and communication are reviewed under new evaluations as a different possibility of knowledge and mental processes. This new approach to net-like thinking and acting has an influence on all strata of human life. The con-text is changing, because the mental operations are changing and in consequence apperception and concept of space. Different forms of communication create a complementary form of community.

On the base of this paradigm change, it is to investigate how text architecture can be used as an aesthetic strategy of autonomy and authenticity, in its formal aspect as well as implementations in public spheres.

Here some excerpt from the work Categories on Nature (more to follow)

• Categories on Nature (more to follow) reflects on different philosophical and anthropological approaches in conceptualizing nature and human in nature. In Western traditional concepts, the thinker and her position in nature have to be defined, making out perceptions and imaginations.

Categories on Nature (more to follow) is based on the idea of a book as an important tool in western thinking and archiving. Therefore, the book model is composed of 370 sheets with combinations of diverse philosophical texts and a black line code generated by the artist. Furthermore, this volume contains illustrations of nature and is has a classical page structure with headers and chapters.

 The text combinations are built structures whereby the readability gets lost. The header text, taken from one of the first botany books we know, The Book of Plants by the Arab Al Dirawani, is well readable and in alphabetical order. So is the header text of the illustrations out of Jaques Derrida: Archive Fever, A Freudian Impression

The other texts are by Giordano Bruno: Cause, Principle and Unity and Essays on Magic; Claude Levi Strauss: Savage Mind; Giorgio Agamben: The Open: Man and Animal; Immanuel Kant: Critique of Pure Reason; Jaques Derrida: The Animal That Therefore I am

Thinking is a process of categorization and judgments tracked mainly in written language. Archives are hereby architectures of collection and control. The text combination is playing with referring and differing issues which never reach original meaning; reflecting on dependencies between perception and structuring thinking.

autonomy, communication, current project, encyclopédie raisonné, Imperatives, knowledge, text

Imperatives – an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné

Imperatives – an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné


Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason, 1788


Imperatives – an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné is an interdisciplinary long-term project on aesthetics of autonomy comprising a series of a researches and artworks concerning the communications of knowledge systems in relation to artistic strategies for social change and practice of civil disobedience in the contemporary political crisis.


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Education #1 – State Apparatus, 2017, digital prints, texts and images with gold color monoprints, 12 x (21 x 15 cm) @Rachela Abbate


Civil disobedience ranges between subversive and aggressive, peaceful and passive. Societies all over the world are differently formed, however, context and history of civil disobedience pronouncements have to be examined. The results will be organized in different formats and projects crossing media and collaborations with organizations and artists.

The subjects of my research are the visual aspects of writing practices as knowledge organizations of Western and non-Western societies and the implementation of artistic strategies of autonomy in political activities of diverse social groups. Both issues are conceptualized in social and political terms as an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné, based on the model of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des science, des arts et des métiers by Denis Diderot.

This artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné, partitioned in three main strands – History, Beside History, Nature – is a frame or container for the organization of the research material and artistic works relevant to the political imaginary and the knowledge communication architectures, which describes content and forms of civil disobedience as manifestations of autonomy, for the single as well as of the collective being.

Civil disobedience ranges between subversive and aggressive, peaceful and passive. Societies all over the world are differently formed, however, context and history of civil disobedience pronouncements have to be examined. The results will be organized in different formats and projects crossing media and collaborations with organizations and artists.

Diderot’s Encyclopédie, on which I refer to, is a classic example of political knowledge communication tool and archive. Denis Diderot’s Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, published from 1751 till 1780 in France, is an illustrated dictionary and comprises 166 volumes. This dictionary was created and designed in the spirit of Enlightenment using knowledge to abolish authoritarian state power and to strengthen the autonomy of the single and the collective. Valorizing all cultural and manufacture activities, the dictionary is based on the ideal of equal rights and value of every human being on Earth. It is known as Diderot’s work, but many people were engaged – more than 140 of all social classes worked together on this project, among them Voltaire and Rousseau – to produce a meaningful tool for freedom, justice, peace, and equality. Ideals which weren’t approved by the censure and the whole dictionary project were doubted to be subversive. Indeed, the Encyclopédie was a project to communicate not only knowledge, moreover, it was a tool of sharing information about political issues, disguising them between the lines.

Diderot’s Encyclopédie online


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