A multidisciplinary anthology—ranging from fiction and photography to
academic essays—inspired by the provocative architectural
theories of Madeline Gins and Arakawa.
In 1987, artist and poet Madeline Gins (1941–2014) and her partner,
painter Arakawa (1936–2010), formed the Architectural Body Research
Foundation (later to become the Reversible Destiny Foundation)—an
architectural office pursuing the radical conviction that architecture
would provide humanity with the necessary tools and training to overcome
death. Their wide variety of theories investigated how a person might
interact with their environment, and how that environment might condition
and enhance the body to increase its capabilities—through a constant
undoing and unsettling of subject formation. Taking the work and writings
of Madeline Gins and Arakawa as a broad provocation, The Floor Is
Uneven. Does It Slope? aims to swallow and masticate the duo's
thought into a new sort of pulp: a collective fan fiction work. Less a
book about Gins and Arakawa than a book after them, it tries to seed their
work to various fans—writers and makers indebted to the duo's thinking or
suspected to be enthralled by it. Contributors speak about Gins and
Arakawa through the language of their own practice, through academia,
poetry, essays, photography, experimental writing, and fiction—thinking
about what Gins and Arakawa might mean to their individual fields.
Edited by Henry Andersen and Laura Herman.
Texts by Henry Andersen, Lila Athanasiadou, Ben
Thorp Brown, Lucas Crawford, Bryana Fritz, Laura Herman, Daisuke
Kosugi, Joyelle McSweeney, Simone C. Niquille, Andros Zins-Browne.