Parasite Architecture Ongoing Projects by Shahram Entekhabi
 
Parasite Architecture is rooted in the idea of the "informal", meaning everything which is - either intentionally or nor - temporary, inchoate, weak, imperfect, unfinished or formless ("l´informe" as firstly proposed by Georges Bataille). The concept of the "informal" was developed by various artists, theorists, and architects since the 1960s. The analysis is carried out in the context of questioning aspects of social communication (Gordon Matta-Clark), of the feminist deconstruction of space (Rita Mc Keough), of ideas of nomadism and psycho-geography as made popular by Deleuze + Guttary and the Situationists, and the technological, being influenced by virtual reality's increasing popularity.
Focussing the aspect of the transient within the idea of the informal, Parasite Architecture relates it to questions of migration and cultural diversity. Beyond the literal sense of "weak" structures, it combines various architectural approaches. In many places around the world, Shahram Entekhabi created informal extensions to existing architectures (e.g. museum architectures) or constructed independent temporary spaces. However, these informal architectures are always constructed in public space (as part of the Caution performances that are documented on video) and they are always made from caution tape - suggesting ideas about safety zones and no go areas and indicating aspects of exclusivity and inclusivity in public space. The works deal with the dual concept of performance and public space and time.

People's Museum, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی The People's Museum of XX and XXI Russian and Soviet, Kaliningrad, Russia

No Exit Luzern, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی No Exit, 2011, Live Performance, Luzern

No Exit© Shahram Entekhabi  شهرام انتخابی No Exit, 2011, HD video, 05:08 min, color, sound

72 Virgins © Shahram Entekhabi  شهرام انتخابی 72 Virgins, 2009, video, PAL, 09:12 min, color, sound

72 Virgins, Geneve, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی 72 Virgins, 2011, Live Performance, Geneve

Caution Me, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Caution Me, 2010, Forde, Espace d’art contemporain, Genève, Switzerland

72 Virgins, Berlin, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی 72 Virgins, 2009, Live Performance, Berlin

Boxing Box, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Boxing Box, 2007, Live Performance, Berlin

Hazard, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Caution & Hazard, 2007 and 2008, Performances in Manchester

Caution © Shahram Entekhabi  شهرام انتخابی Caution, 2005, video, PAL, 09:06 min, color, sound

Parasite Architecture, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Parasite Architecture, 2006, Kraków/Poland

Ikaz, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Ikaz, 2007, Live Performance, Istanbul, Turky

Attenzione, Shahram Entekhabi شهرام انتخابی Attenzione, 2005, Live Performance, Bologna, Italy