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Ronny Hardliz: Non-Construction

Ronny Hardliz

An Architectural Gesture in Artistic Research

Hardcover, 256 pages

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By defining a concept of architecture based on the tactile experience and not on construction, this book allows us to explore both discursive practice as the study of architectural art and the integration of architectural art as a discourse of spatial practice. In order to take on this new lens, Non-Construction utilizes a cinematographic documentary image strategy that engages with a critical spatial exploration of current entanglements of art and research at the crossroads of art, theory, and architecture. A challenge to visual conventions, this book offers conceptual and aesthetic insights into spiraling and voiding sensual experiences, with implications for the decolonization of the documentary and cinematographic reaching far beyond architecture.


With contributions by Philip Ursprung, Julie Harboe, Stewart Martin, Joshua Simon, and Sharon Kivland.

  • documentary film
  • art theory
  • architecture
  • theory of architecture
  • art
  • discourse

The book presents and discusses a substantial body of work arising from the author’s own “architectural art practice”, defined as “a mode of having knowledge through the figure of non-construction”. Eclectic in its sources of inspiration, the research draws on a wide range of art, theatrical, cinematographic, documentation and curatorial practices, as well as theory, most prominently that of Georges Bataille and Walter Benjamin. The shift from studying one’s own practice to the practice of studying as one’s own practice is a deft move and is explored successfully through some of the filmed investigations of the habitus – architecture, furniture and choreography – of studying per se.

Rolf Hughes, Professor in the Epistemology of Design-Driven Research, University of Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels and Ghent

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Ronny Hardliz

is an artist, researcher, filmmaker, curator, author, and architect, who worked in Rome, Prague, London, Lucerne, and Berne, interested in the discursive character of art, architectural theory, socially relevant visual strategies, correlations in the thinking of Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille, cinematic prehistoric art, rejuvenation as a concept of time, Kunst und Bau, art and public spheres. He holds a PhD from Middlesex University in London (in collaboration with Goldsmiths and ETH Zurich) for his work exploring the dynamics of research in the arts, in which he sees a great emancipatory potential for art, architecture, and academia.