• Le Cas[k]
    Camille Lacadée &
    François Roche

Le Cas[k], new scenario-fragment, flyer.

Le Cas[k] consists of a model-prototype in process (including a short film), derived from two tales: “Councillor Krespel” by E. T. A. Hoffmann and “Blue Beard” by Charles Perrault. The title of the project navigates between Kafka’s Mr. K, Citizen Kane, Buzzati's novel, Lacan’s ça, Artaud’s KK, and the French phonetic pun cas(k)=facesfaeces. The project functions as a Siamese production, where the “props” of architectural fragmentation become vectors for fiction and construction, articulating a scenario in which architecture produces and film, and vice-versa. Derived from Hoffman’s tale in which Councillor Krespel builds his house as a blind volume before perforating it according to his desires, intuitions, and caprices, Le Cas[k] negotiates a relationship between intimacy and the world in real and localized time. The construction happens without prior planning or anticipation, in an empirical, euphoric, almost orgiastic atmosphere, which contradicts the second part of the novel (“Blue Beard”), the soundboard of the drama, the grave of the protagonists. This joyful (in the Spinozan sense) and procedural approach to a fabrication in perpetual negotiation, adjustment, and misunderstanding, is paradoxically a claustrophobic situation. The model-process of the house will be produced by robotics and chemistry (a crystallization of phosphates) as a permanent mutation. We will complete a trailer, calling for automatic robotic fabrication techniques and post-production incrustation. (The scale of architecture is 1/10; the scale of the human is 1/1—with the green chroma layer + After Effects trick).

[eIf/b^t/c] is an institute for contingent scenarios created in 2011 by cofounders Camille Lacadée and François Roche (New-Territories).

Camille Lacadée graduated from the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris (2009), after passing her RIBA Part 1 (2008) from the Architectural Association in London. Since then, she has lived and worked in Asia (Japan, India, and Thailand) and is currently codirecting the New-Territories [eIf/b^t/c] architectural studio in Bangkok, while teaching workshops and studios at several universities. Evolving between architecture and film, she designed and realized several sets for [eIf/b^t/c] short films, for the filmmaker Clara Kraft and the choreographer Jitti Chompee, exploring intimate relationship between the two disciplines.

François Roche is president of the research laboratory at New-Territories, cofounder/principal of R&Sie(n) studio, and has served as visiting professor for master classes at the GSAPP, UPenn, and the University of Michigan. Through these activities, his architectural works articulate the real and/or fictional, as well as the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them. His designs have been shown at various institutions, such as Columbia University (1999–2000), UCLA (1999–2000), the ICA (London, 2001), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), the MAM/Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris, 2005 and 2006), the Tate Modern (London, 2006), and Orléans/ArchiLab (1999, 2001, 2003). Work by R&Sie(n) and New-Territories was selected for exhibition at the French pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennales in 1990, 1996, 2000, and 2002 (they declined the invitation that year) and for the international section in 2000, 2004, and 2008; additional appearances at the Biennale were in 2010 (the International and Austrian pavilions), 2012 (at the critics roundtable), and 2014 (Bembop). Roche coedited Log 25, and participated in the 2014 Biennale with Timidity Symptom, a project by the contemporary art museum in Bangkok, with Camille Lacadee.