Microcities – Socks Studio

The Atemporal Condition

The first decades of widespread Internet use have facilitated a period of intense cultural introspection. The boundlessness in access and data re-production (determined by immateriality and a substantial absence of temporal and spatial boundaries), has progressively nurtured a primordial soup of information and visual culture.

Contemporary cultural production (from collective curatorial practices to intellectual and artistic labour) is identifying with content which might be referred to as “atemporal”, shifting to an effortless retrieval of an extended, heterogeneous and possibly unlimited historical archive, “”atemporal organized representations of verbal structures”” (Sterling).

Regarding architecture, the condition of Atemporality marks the failure of prevailing Modernist or Post-modern narratives: although the concept implicitly casts a temporal breakdown with previous narratives, it also willingly refuses to position itself in a succession of eras. “Where post-modernism was marked by allegory, network culture’s use of the past is flatter, dispensing with the use of allegory or comment.” (Kazys Varnelis)

“Atemporal” was the natural inhabitation of the past structures before the concept of “heritage” was invented. Atemporal was the process of continuity and stratification which characterized the evolution of (not only) Italian cities and territories before the issue of “preservation” came to light.

Will atemporality have the strength to become a strategy of resistance, an “opting out of the industrialization of novelty” (Gibson) and at the same time out of the commodification of the past?


Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli   (Microcities.net / Socks-Studio.com)

Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli founded Microcities in Paris in 2010, after studying in Italy, Spain and Germany.

Their practice and research focuses on the collision between work, politics, leisure and the domestic space, resulting in projects which are clear and specific, while still keeping within the richness of all the explored fields.

Their main interest lies in questioning and stressing common habits and conditions through pragmatic projects, theoretical speculation, or even utopian visions.

At the heart of Microcities’ practice is the idea of calling into question the context we live in, turning it into a true design tool, in order to subvert conventional typologies and explore new ways of living.

The professional activity is accompanied by a research conducted through teaching and frequent writings on art, architecture, media and technology on the platform socks-studio.com

The agency has received several prizes and awards in international competitions, including Europan 10 and Think Space.




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