Deathscrapers summons the architecture that surrounds the dearly departed. Seeking alternately to soften death’s physical and emotional toll or cultivate death’s instrumental potential, the stories of Deathscrapers span all scales of spaces for the dead and the bereaved as they examine how living people engage with dead bodies expired buildings, and comatose cities. While death may be a solemn subject and discussing it openly is often taboo in American culture, this issue of SOILED will offer an optimistic and human attitude toward understanding how spatial and architectural issues actively participate in death culture.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jessica Charlesworth crafts curious memento mori objects to engage human mourning and loss.
Zack Saunders re-appropriates dead bodies as surrogate wombs for human gestation.
Office S&M constructs totemic memorials for our online identities.
Irena Gajic draws nine speculative rooms to die in.
David & Dan Weissman converse about the design and medical ramifications of spaces for palliative care.
Kyle Branchesi & Shane Reiner-Roth reconsider unrealized, aborted, and condemned buildings as sites to cultivate architectural character.
Galo Cañizares panders stills from an architectural snuff film, recording the material demise of three architectural projects.
Courtney Coffman translates the psychology of self-destructive desire into architectural terms.
Ryan Flener & Samuel Mortimer call upon architects and city planners to set fire to our existing cities.
Manon Mollard projects a parallel world of the dead alongside the familiar city of the living.
Masthead image credits: Manon Mollard, Kyle Branchesi & Shane Reiner-Roth, and Jessica Charlesworth.
Just in time for the holidays, SOILED’s fifth issue, Cloudscrapers, is now available! Purchase a printed copy for US delivery or international delivery. Cloudscrapers marks the second in a series of newly-designed issues produced at a local print house in limited edition.
Cloudscrapers looks up into air-space as a site for activated atmospheres, a privileged perch, and otherworldly occupation. Clouds are prone to be felt (sensually), reflected upon (intellectually), and seen (visually and representationally). In turn, Cloudscrapers’ stories indulge cloud precipitating, cloud pondering, and cloud watching.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jack Wates constructs a sensual cloud cycle within the interior of a building.
Arthur Maxwell recounts the rescue of a public bather lost in time and nebulous emotions.
Clark Thenhaus inserts new astrological agency into simple agrarian forms.
Jenny Odell perches herself upon the cloud to better observe our quotidian surroundings.
Talha Ahmad & Michal Ojrzanowski narrate the theological dilemma faced by Muslim denizens of a floating city.
Natalya Egon & Noel Turgeon inflate the interior and exterior airspace to discover new wonders in an aging architectural icon.
Molly Chiang & Matthew DeLuca forecast a hiker’s journey along a trail elevated to atmospheric heights.
Luis Callejas tethers balloon doppelgangers of earthbound objects and creatures to protest authority.
Peruse 8 sample spreads in this PDF Preview!
The fourth issue of SOILED, Windowscrapers, is now available! Purchase a printed copy for US delivery or international delivery. Windowscrapers marks the first in a series of newly-designed issues produced at a local print house in limited edition. The issue was funded with the support of 165 generous Kickstarter backers.
Windowscrapers probes the three fundamental functions of a pane of glass: transparency, refractivity, and reflectivity. In turn, it indulges prying eyes, projective portals, and mirrored surfaces to explore voyeuristic people-watching, alternate realities, and strategic exposure.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Adrianne Jørgensen choreographs a Hitchcock-inspired peep show.
Mari Altshuler recounts the serendipitous encounters of un-drawn denizens.
Henry Stephens and Hannes Frykholm curate a public screening of domestic happenings.
Cristina Garriga alchemizes bedroom fabric into urban fabric.
Jimmy Stamp charts a historiography of architectural glass to reveal its latent comedic potential.
Irene Chin plants her finger and nose prints upon previously un-soiled retail windows.
Olivia Valentine and Timur Hammond interrogate the ways by which we bring the world into view.
Julia Sedlock champions the power of small spaces to reinvest architectural agency within the public realm.
Cyril Marsollier and Wallo Villacorta awaken a Brutalist icon from its institutionally imposed slumber.
AVPD challenges our perception of literal and phenomenal reflectivity by fabricating strange fenestrations.
Peruse 7 sample spreads in this PDF Preview!
With the arrival of a new year, we have big plans. Building on our first three issues, Groundscrapers, Skinscrapers, and Platescrapers, we aspire to elevate our forthcoming issue No. 4 Windowscrapers: more dynamic, more tactilely pleasurable, and filled with more ephemera for you to soil. Rather than our current model of print-on-demand or lower-resolution PDF download, we seek to do a print run of 1,000 issues through this Kickstarter campaign. Working with a local print house will allow us more freedom to bring our vision to life, to sell SOILED at lower costs, and to distribute issues through independent bookstores, cultural institutions, and communal spaces across Chicago, the US, and beyond.
Get dirty with us in 2013! Help us spread the word far and wide. And did we mention the promise of excellent swag that you could earn by supporting our campaign?
UN/EARTHED is a cultural event that features interactive exhibits that continue the conversation instigated by our recent issue, Platescrapers. The event is open to the public and aims to engage the full spectrum of participation, from discourse to action.
Saturday, June 9th :: 7–10pm
Gallery @ Living Room Realty
1530 W. Superior
Featuring the work of:
Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer, Joseph Altshuler, Annie Lambla, Thomas Hillier, Greg Corso, Kyle Andrew Sturgeon, Eylül Kethüda Wintermeyer, Francesco Vedovato, and Katherine Darnstadt.
Platescrapers navigates itinerant fare, comestible politics, and gastro-ritual to purvey stories about social issues and exaggerated realities; each story illustrates food as a monument to galvanize the public.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer, and Joseph Altshuler challenge us to play with our food.
Annie Lambla connects yogurt making to dairy farms while observing the culture of the Midwest.
Thomas Hillier recounts the exodus and edible nostalgia of an English twosome.
Greg Corso champions the inclusion of cannabis cultivation into current architectural vernacular.
Kyle Andrew Sturgeon strategizes an infrastructural narrative to combat the invasion of Asian carp.
Eylül Kethüda Wintermeyer choreographs a mega-event around victuals, monuments, and mob mentality.
Francesco Vedovato sets the table with an eclectic cast of foodstuff protagonists.
Katherine Darnstadt delineates an axonometric of a healthy baby’s inputs and outputs.
The Nite Market is an open venue for all the brilliant ideas in food that is being made in small kitchens in Chicago. It is a platform for unlicensed or uncertified artisan food makers to sell their goods to hungry food-geeks. This is a collaborative work to give space to testing out ideas in food, without the high cost of certification. Festivities will take place on November 11th :: 7-10pm at Living Room Realty, 1530 W. Superior, Chicago. $2 Donation at the Door.
In anticipation of our forthcoming third issue, Platescrapers, SOILED will be among the fine food vendors at the Nite Market. While you munch on delectable foodstuffs, visit us, pick up the print edition of the first two issues, purchase a limited edition SOILED screen print, and chit chat with us! We’ll have some surprises up our sleeve.
DOWNLOAD, print out, fold up, and bring this Food Box with you to the Nite Market, courtesy of SOILED. In addition to being a handsome vessel to house your edibles, the Food Box will grant you FREE ADMISSION to the Market! View folding instructions.
Skinscrapers probes how our bodies interact with the spaces around them and how the spaces we inhabit can become extensions of our bodies. By focusing on the surface of the skin as a natural mediator, Skinscrapers navigates a continuum of scale, starting inside the gut, proceeding to the contours of the body, and culminating in the anthropomorphic city.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Revital Cohen transforms animals into medical devices.
Sarah Ross constructs velour suits to protest authority.
Matt Harlan illustrates a catalogue of new wardrobe opportunities.
Maegan Magathan, Stephanie DeGooyer, and Gabriel Gerlinger track chairs in public spaces.
Jimenez Lai inserts an unexpected white elephant within our living quarters.
Kate Hadley Williams and James Toftness photo-document Chicago’s murals.
Ania Jaworska sculpts a cityscape of eccentric characters.
Groundscrapers UN/EARTHED celebrated the release of SOILED’s inaugural issue: Groundscrapers! The event aimed to re-mediate the work of Groundscrapers in a format that is not bound by the dimensions of the printed page. As a participatory live event, UN/EARTHED provoked further discussion about the work of the Department of Unusual Certainties, Stewart Hicks + Allison Newmeyer, Rael San Fratello Architects, John Szot Studio, Dan Weissman, and Katherine Darnstadt.
Throughout the course of the evening, visitors engaged in the Chicago Institute for Land Generation’s Accumulation Officer election, participated in a DIRTea tasting, excavated Bee City local honey, and enjoyed filthy refreshments of all kinds.
SOILED is included on ARCHI-ZINES, a new showcase of fanzines, journals and magazines from around the world that provide an alternative discourse to the established architectural press! Special thanks to Elias Redstone.
From the ARCHI-ZINES website:
“ARCHI-ZINES is an expanding archive of the best publications from 2000s to the latest releases, and is growing as new titles and issues are acquired. The publications themselves vary in style (from photocopied zines to professionally printed and bound magazines) and content (from architectural research to personal narratives about buildings and cities). The commonality is a shared interest in documenting and discussing the spaces we occupy in ways that more mainstream or professional publications do not. As well as adding to architectural discourse, they are lovingly made objects to hold and to keep.”