In reflecting on why I’m so hostile to hermeneutics, the architect Karl Chu came to mind. It’s not that I haven’t learned from this tradition. I was trained in this tradition. My work is replete with references to the tradition. For a number of years now I’ve followed him on Facebook and there are always pictures of outer space, astronauts, pilots in fighter planes going beyond the speed of sound, and so on. From afar, my impression of Karl is that we should strive to be this:
Rather than endlessly measuring ourselves by this:
We should place ourselves in completely unfamiliar contexts, striving to see what we become beyond our history and the past, becoming something other than the human. Rather than seeing the past as already containing all the answers after the fashion of Ecclesiastes where there is nothing new under the sun, but only an endless repetition of the same, we should instead occupy ourselves with creating an unheard of and unimagined future. Our age is not the age of the endless meditation on the past– though indeed we should preserve the past and not destroy monuments –but an age where we should find it in ourselves to give birth to the future by becoming-other… A complete disorientation of where we have been, our history, and what we might have evolved from through the creation of speculative environments that make us otherwise.