New Journal: PROCEDURES 01



CIMG4896Anniversary Pilot Issue – Today, we honor a great star in the struggle against the downhill course of things, and her star partner, with the modest publication of this Anniversary issue commemorating Madeline Gins’ passing one year ago, on January 8th, 2014. Thank you to every one who contributed to the Proceeding Procedure, to this comm(or)emoration, and toward upcoming publications in this series.

In this issue: (online only) Madeline Gins, Jondi Keane, Alan Prohm, Jake Kennedy, Marie-Dominique Garnier, Solveig Styve Holte, Marte Reithaug Sterud and Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness.

Lost Early Poem: Madeline Gins’ 1973 Intend


INTENDaltReversible Destiny Lost Book Re-Release – INTEND, 1973

The long unfindable work INTEND (1973) by Madeline Gins, a work of pre-procedural lyricism, hand-republished here in foto-copy.


Before there were architectural procedures in the Reversible Destiny project, there were, on Madeline Gins’ side of the nascent effort, poetic procedures, constructions of language gearing the reader/viewer to continually reenter hir processes of text- or world-constituting.


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Essay: Jondi Keane – What is missing from the world?


What is Missing From the World?

Jondi Keane, Deakin University

jondi_titleimage“To begin a study of Arakawa and Gins is, in many ways, to begin a practice. To continue a study on Arakawa and Gins and the practice of embodied cognition, is to begin to reconfigure the practice of person in relation to the Social.”

ABOUT THIS ESSAY: In this essay long-time friend and colleague of Arakawa and Gins, Jondi Keane discusses the practice it is to study Arakawa and Gins – and the practice it takes to reconfigure the person in relation to the Social.

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Translation: M.D.Garnier – Helen Keller ou Arakawa


IMG_0557(1)A text so demanding in English it just had to be attempted in French, or so thought Marie-Doninique Garnier, who undertook to translate it. Possessing just the finesse and swerve necessary for the task, her translation delivers us the same formidable thinking/perceiving-in-language through an alternate, latinate grammar and prosody. The diffusion and higher-dimensionalizing of these insights (Madeline and Arakawa’s) is urgent. The publication of this translation is a great event for readers and auditors of French.

Here, Marie-Dominique Garnier …reading Chapter 29 of her translation, HELEN KELLER ou ARAKAWA:

HEAR IT HERE – Plage Critique / Critical Beach M.D. Garnier -CLICK

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Invented Biography: Jake Kennedy – MADE LINE SING


Jake-halfBegun in 2005 and finished in October 2013, short months before the Madeline Gins’ unexpected death, this fully invented biography is an act of sustained approximative-rigor and friendship in the best spirit of the Reversible Destiny project.

Initiated spontaneously over an exchange between Madeline Gins and Jake Kennedy at the first international A+G conference in Paris (Nanterre 2005), it was carried out over years without exchange between biographer and subject. Kennedy’s writerly arc on this project came to a natural end in October 2013, and he unwittingly closed the invented biography a scarce two months before Madeline herself came to an end, of sorts.


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Movement Study: Holte/Sterud/Kongsness – Mitaka Lofts

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.27.33 AMUnderstanding/testing/evolving procedural architecture requires studying the moving/being that can happen in it. Biotopology is a somatic science or it must become one.

This short film was made during a one-week research stay in the Reversible Destiny Lofts, Mitaka, in April 2014. It features and was produced by Solveig Styve Holte, Marte Reithaug Sterud and Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness, three dancers/choreographers based in Norway. In relation to the architecture and writings of Arakawa and Gins the artists tried to investigate the relationship between this specific space and choreography, dealing with themes such as existence, collectivity and violence.