Saturday, December 5, 2015, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Language in fact exists like air. It is a medium in which we all exist. It is not that we actually learn language, it is more that language learns us. 

– Francisco Varela

The Species of Space and the Radical Imagination Community, Chicago presents Jenny Boully, Craig Dworkin, T Clutch Fleischmann, Christian Hawkey, with Eric Ellingsen and others

Here, roughly 3.5 billion years ago, ecologist Daniel Bodkin writes, anaerobic algae mats breathed the air we circulate now. These breathing bacteria produced the environment that produced them. These small breathing things became the iron ore bands that forms the core of our steel belts and structural cores now. What do we circulate now? How does how we say what we say say more than what we say? Architects and thermal engineers measure R values as a gradient of heat exchange through respiring wraps and building envelopes and skins. Now when we breath we speak out. Speaking out is our hours of urbanisms. Each word we speak carries real forces. Sociolinguists, like William Labov, designed techniques to measure socio-demographic differences by measuring how different populations of people pronounced the letter R in public spaces along the east coast of the US. Place your hand in front of your mouth and say ARE out loud 9 times and you’ll feel the heat difference between one side of your hand and another.

Our R values U’s is about feeling the difference of what we say as an urban force shaping the design of our cities today. This title will probably have changed by the time your read this. What happened as Our R values U’s will change by how we talk about what has yet to happen yet. Design today is also about learning how to speak out today. How to say what we mean. How we here each other.

Please join us for what we don’t know will happen until you get hear.




See more Exhibition Events