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Totemic Nomos

Invited Distinguished Professor:

Casey Rehm.


Gabriel Esquivel,  Studio Professor

Texas A&M University


Team: Nicholas Houser, Jeremy Harrienger, Jonathan Gonzalez.

3 Tiers of typologies were established using different parameters of a script. The outcome of each typology would contain the same inherent aesthetic quality but yield different forms each time.

Through the interfacing of these typologies, a totemic order of differences was established thus resulting in a horizontal hierarchy where one typology does not supersede the next.


The totemic order of differences can be explained through the misunderstanding of Kinship. Inherently we believed that kin identified with an animal because it believes it has characteristics of said animal. However, in a totemic order of differences kin identify as an animal because it is not the same as the other kin. For example, the Smith kin identifies as a whale because it is not the Lewis kin that identifies as a wombat because they are not the Smith kin. Introducing another kin, the Gutierrez kin, The Smith kin now identifies as a kangaroo because it is not the Gutierrez or Lewis kin, and the Lewis kin is now a Gorilla and the Gutierrez is now a newt.


The same way these kin interact with one another is the same way our typologies interact with one another on a circumstantial basis of autonomy. The Horizontal hierarchy is a result of the relationships between the typologies outputted during the interfacing.

The meshing of these relationships with one another creates the mereological object that now has the relationships outputted during the interfacing being simultaneously expressed. Had one of these tiers not existed, the mereological object produced would not represent itself the same way since the totemic order would not produce the same differences.

 The mereological object then called for a need to manifest itself in a medium between user and object. We began to speculate on mechanisms that can make the system of totemic relationships accessible to the user.

Understanding that the mereolgical object called for a new order, Nomos, a series of totemic scalar relationships began to take place. OBJECT <-> NOMOS <-> USER.

This Nomos that was applied was a direct output of the pressure each typology began to put on one another, The Nomos agency is to then interpret the space as being both of Object and User.

The Object, Nomos, and User operate under the same ideology as the totemic order that created the object.

This time the relationships that occur between the Object, Nomos, and User are not aesthetic as they were in the creation of the mereological object, rather the roles and agency are the direct output of the interfacing of Object, Nomos, and User.

 Each of the three new tiers can begin to interchange between roles where the nomos can become the new user and the user can become the nomos. The nomos can become object and object can become nomos. This can all occur because of the understanding of the Totemic order of Differences.

The system then becomes ontologically complex in which the relationship that occurs between the Object and the User provides agency to the NOMOS, and the NOMOS provides agency to the building and User because they are all simultaneously working within the horizontal hierarchy of the totemic order established.



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