City of changes

In between one and the other

Ivan Kucina



IK, Mental maps of Belgrade, 1986

EExisting instruments applied to the complexity of contemporary cities would amplify their contradictions. More effective operational methods would transform the exclusivity of dialectic divergence and adopted hierarchical systems. An unexplored realm would appear to replace the dividing lines between contradictions. That would introduce an interspace-time, an interactive realm of mixed contradictions. Interspace-time attributes would not be predictable, due to a specific interactive process in each particular situation. Temporary equilibrium of contradictions in different positions would create different attributes. A position that would tend to conventional tasks would reinforce autocratic ambitions to organize interspace-time according to prescribed models. On the other hand, positions that would come closer to the unpredictability of life would create interspace-time attributes to follow unpredictable living streams aligned to the nearest outcome. Positions of equilibrium, changed from one situation to another, would force interspace-time phenomena to move between opposite extremes. Solid and definite objects would not be the result of interactions, but dynamic and transparent structures, escaping our habitual perception and knowledge. The artificial and natural, eternal and temporal, general and individual, spiritual and material, would all be entangled in them. Interspace-time structures would contain the immediate rhythms of energy of changeable reality, together with certain depictions of reality created by the mind's necessity to see things in a particular way.

Random inconsistency, treated as accidental, would easily be surveyed by investigating methods of interspace-time structuralization. Structural complexity would be settled on simple principles of interactive processes. Investigation would not tend to the absolute, but to the plausible, to establish effectiveness as a measure of decisions. Attention would be directed to identifying necessary structural elements of effective reality. Detected elements would be assigned by their main attributes to forecast patterns in order to simplify operations. Investigation would continue to identify interactive vectors, in the span from penetrations to rejections. Forecast patterns and interactive vectors would create a differential diagram, with a potential to change according to programmatic demands in such way to keep preceding transformations in subsequent ones. 

Interspace-time structures would result in a superposition of all transformations. They would be formalized in accordance with the most important influence in each particular situation. Interspace-time structures would be open to accept any content.

Interactive processes inside of interspace-time structures would not be limited. Limitations that would direct them toward the desired outcome would come from somewhere outside. Through a copying process from reality to interspace-time structure, limitations, based on other's will, that could be institutional or individual, would be transformed into instigation. That would be possible because interspace-time structures have not been made to satisfy actual needs, but to create possibilities for simultaneous existence of contradictions.

Cities would be interspace-time structures produced by interactions of their disconnected substructures. Transitional stadiums in cities would result from different and opposite demands. All stadiums would simultaneously exist to express uncertainty. Facing uncertainty, the human mind would act differently from one situation to another. Humans would become stronger in time to experience life with all their beings. They would build their houses in temple yards and make their personal sanctuaries in house yards. Curved streets would complement a space. One street would run to a narrow passage. There would be a square with a house, just off-center, beyond a passage. The house would have two doors. One would be an entrance, another would be an exit to a street. The street would turn left and right to enlarge spaces for coming in and out. One would linger for a while and take the next street aside. There would be a bridge beyond a street. There would be a hall beyond a bridge. Heavy doors around a hall would open to the ocean. The ocean would be calm and the air would be clear, or it would just be an impression due to their sizes. The city would rise all around. Entangled streets, houses, yards and temples would equate ends with beginnings. What would not be examined, would not be divided. Possibilities would multiply to infinity. A large rectangular water pool would be the only recognizable shape in the city fabric. Stairs would go down to the water. Water would wash out excesses. Diving deep, one could emerge at the other side of the world. There would be another city, devoted to itself. The city would twist around an empty center, in order to free its parts to develop in their own ways. Parts of the city would arrive at clear shapes to differ one from another. Different connections of disconnected parts would open the city to unpredictable encounters. In a hotel bar, a painter who has renounced eternity would fall in love with a woman who saw him in her dreams. She would be eager to see his paintings. They would agree to meet tomorrow at the same place. She would wait for him tomorrow, looking at the world around. After a while, she would receive a message to meet him at some other place. There would be another message waiting for her to go to the next place. And so on. They would finally meet and she would realize that in wondering the city she had seen all his paintings. They would not divide things any more. Dividing lines would disappear, to be replaced by a third city where everything of the world would mix with everything else. Streets would look familiar but they would always lose their way. It would become useless to predict what would happen. They would go anywhere. They would not realize how far they could go. There would be nothing to stop them. Their steps would become as easy as time running through spaces.

see: Akcelerator 1: City of Changes