formAxioms was established in 2018 by Eva Castro and Federico Ruberto as a research framework, agency and teaching cluster part of SUTD — ASD, Singapore University of Technology and Design — Architecture and Sustainable Design. formAxioms’s agency is promoted by a research based on speculative narratives that engages de-sign focusing on two scales: territorial and architectural assemblages. At both the laboratory research is computationally driven and it integrates VR/AR in its pipeline: at territorial scales as means to edit-alter-display structural information and to create participatory practices, at architectural scales as means to problematize narrative-sequences-experiences by questioning/hybridizing the space-time of the subject by way of challenging its frame, by altering the dyad “digital/physical”. The studio’s interest in the redeveloping of the relation real/ideal, post post-modern thought, is carried forward through first a critical engagement with fiction and by adhering to an ontology of modelling: two pathways for creating syntaxes that allow for both, the constitution of (a shared) structure and the divergence from it.
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Axiom = a noun ἀξίωμα (axíōma) derived from the verb ἀξιόειν (axioein), meaning “to deem worthy”, but also “to require” (wiki). Axioms = “point-zero(s)” that cannot be derived by principles of deduction; un-demonstrable by mathematical proofs because they are the beginning of such proofs. Axioms = inferences/statements that define a new possibility, they are “starting point” without neither a “surface” nor a “volume”. Their presence defines one or more structures. An axiom is a self-evident entity so it requires a leap, it requires agency to be posited. At the bottom of each system there are axioms. Axioms are statements that are made or that make themselves evident; their instantiation, assumed to be “true” (to have a reality) without a necessary proof, utters thus the possibility of a new reality.
Form>axioms = The speculative environments we construct are neither emergent nor they are preemptively defined beforehand, they are “worlds” (see Nelson Goodman), new world-s relying for their construction on the processes of formation they relate to and on axioms (“of choice”) that are needed to define such relation. Axiomatic decisions are necessary for navigating, analyzing and re-presenting, “understanding” the process of formation of a selected territory whilst making it evident to other agents. Any process of formation requires axiomatic decisions. Together, forms and axioms constitute “worlds”, they are both necessary for any process of “world-building”, as any “world” is formed by series of decisions (axioms), inferences that need to be stated to determine how the emergent properties of a system are made evident (extracted, analyzed, selected), and how the manipulation of complex and vast layers of data are tamed or augmented. Axioms are the “ideo-logical” framework of any system. Axioms define processes of formation and processes of formation are intrinsically informative of axioms. A de-signer is a world-builder, a trans-media story teller that juggles in the interstitial space; it is an interface that plugs top-down events to bottom-up processes in order to constitute the relations of axioms and forms, tied to the (never-ending) end of the process, where the “vision” of a new reality must be stated.