Sunday, September 19, 2010

[ presuppose ] [ turbulence ]


- take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
- require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

+ "'airing' instead of the 'clearing' As she puts it: 'It is not light that creates the clearing, but light comes about only in virtue of the transparent levity of air. Light presupposes air.'" (p93)


- unstable flow of a liquid or gas
- instability in the atmosphere
- a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

+ "What is turbulence then? It is a mess of disorder at all scales, small eddies within large ones. It is unstable. It is highly dissipative, meaning that turbulence drains energy and creates drag. it is motion turned random. But how does flow change from smooth to turbulent?" (S, M, L, XL, O.M.A., Rem Koolhaas & Bruce Mau, p1268)

reading: Air/Condition, Peter Sloterdijk (2009)

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