The Deus ex Ma(s)china series / Lorenz Foth

07 9th, 2020

lat. Deus ex Machina
English: ‘god from the machine’ is a term used to describe the event of a seemingly unsolvable conflict being solved abruptly and surprisingly by an unexpected force in a plot. Bringing a surprising effect and e.g. making a happy ending or a comedic moment possible – as suggests Varun Gwalani in ‘Believe’ (Gwalani 2013, p. 218).

Deus ex Ma(s)china
‘Deus ex Ma(s)china’ is a wordplay of the expression Deus ex machina and the german expression “Maschine” (=engl. machine).

A machine relies on a mechanism that is powered in order to create an intended reaction as a result of applied forces and controlled movement (Stevenson, 2010).
The previously mentioned occurrence of the abruptly solved conflict is given a divine character. What if this occurrence literally were to be a machine? Or rather machines? Machines and the related possible large-scale 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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