6–What’s an Object?
CLUE: This is NESS 3, the web version. Like in the iconic US quiz show Jeopardy!, giving answers in the form of questions is a way of going beyond common sense, cheating facts, or serious categories. It changes perspective and opens the game of NESS 3, this time in the context of algorithms, interfaces, and scrolls. As an augmented version our printed issue, this editorial explores the many-faceted sides of objects as they change shapes and dialogues throughout 2020 but also from print to digital. In the issue we included a quote by the new media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun that says “New media live and die by the update: the end of the update, the end of the object,” but what traces of the object remain as we move online? Join us as we explore this question, more questions and architectures, and reveal glimpses of the publication thought for this online format.
Architecture critic Penelope Dean picks the tables in Hideyuki Nakayama’s 004 House in Matsumoto, Junya Ishigami’s Tables for a Restaurant, and Go Hasegawa’s House in Sakuradai to explore their becoming something else.
An exhibition of objects that exceed the physicality of its boundaries though the design process.
A conversation with the New York-based design studio, published in our latest printed issue of NESS.
A continuation of the feature published in the Documents section of NESS 3.
A dialogue on how to build a Latin American posture.
A look at the projects Rio Bonito House, Santa Teresa House, and Varanda House by the Brazilian architect.
In NESS 3, we compiled an eclectic list of quotes about objects and this is its continuation.
We decided to keep our playful theoretical spirit and reverse the rhetoric of the iconic quiz show Jeopardy by making the answer “What’s an Object?” as the title of this issue’s Dossier.