Deus Ex Ma(s)china / Chloe Stiefer & Lorenz Foth

03 28th, 2020

lat. Deus ex Machina
English ‘god from the machine’) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence.Its function can be to resolve an otherwise irresolvable plot situation, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or act as a comedic device.

Deus ex Ma(s)china
Wordplay of machina and dt. Maschine (=engl. machine)A machine (or mechanical device) is a mechanical structure that uses power to apply forces and control movement to perform an intended action.Given this occurrence a divine character, what if this occurrence literally were to be a machine? Or rather machines? Machines and the related possible large-scale job automation could potentially resolve many social and environmental issues if it causes some major changes in political systems. When presuming so, what would life look like for people once they work significantly less? And how could Architecture behave and change in order to uphold the positive outcomes of this possible occurrence?

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