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Arjan Guerrero


Keywords: Alchemy 3.0, medium design, spacial computing
AR app, robotic percussions, 3D printed components, Max 8 patch, St. James Hatcham building

Oikonomicor will be an augmentation of the architectural space of the Church using networked AR and physical computing. My artifact will be the Church itself. Named after the Greek word oikos (“house, dwelling place, habitation”) – the root of ecology (the study of the house) and economy (the management of the house – Oikonomicor will involve indeed the creation of both, a Descriptive Model of the Church as well as a Projective Model that will be deployed. As an exercise of de-virtualization, Oikonoimcor will add appearance and behavior to the church by embracing Keller Easterling’s “medium design” as a mode of approach based on managing latent potentials across space. It will do that on top, or through, the pre-modern and pre-industrial infrastructure, and the contemporary infrastructure – on top, or through, the human-centered function of the space. Instead of having “my place” at the church, the church will be my place and my work will spread across unused non-places. I will mount 3D-printed stuff, throw some lights, (probably) hand to the audience an iPad with a Unity-made AR app, and (probably) a pair of headphones, (probably) install a screen with a custom AR pipeline somewhere, and (probably) install speakers around.

About Arjan Emmanuel Sánchez Guerrero

Arjan Guerrero is an artist and independent researcher from Mexico City working with automation, augmentation, and interactive media. By sensibly interfacing the diagnosis and the design of computational technologies’ latent potentials, he develops worldbuilding investigations about more-than-human agency, intelligence, and interdependence. Currently pursuing the Computational Arts MFA in Goldsmiths, in 2021-22 he pair-programmed Materias Mediales, a summer course and conversations series on artistic research at its intersection with contemporary techno-sciences. He has been awarded the Lumen Prize 2022, granted by programs such as Arte Ciencia y Tecnologías, and exhibited in venues like Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), Somers Gallery (London), and Slug (Leipzig).