The Spatiality of Being
Space is a product of semiosis. It is a condition pertinent to an organism’s semiotic freedom, which is articulated by the organism as a consequence of its capacity to manipulate the world in the course of its unfolding interaction with its environment. Spatial configuration is thus the result of agency inherent in the organism-in-itsenvironment. Space, a consequence of social cohesion, is effected through constraints and processes of enaction which are semiotic. These processes are productive and offer architects a novel means by which to configure space, which they should embrace to articulate the nature of inhabitation. The model presented identifies activity as the essential building block to the generation of form. Modelled as a form of artificial life, swarm-like components, referred to as ‘actants’, represent discrete activities and selfconfigure according to differences in the environment they detect, to form a body-ofswarms. Thus, depicting the spatiality of being.
Citation : Ireland, T. (2015) The Spatiality of Being. Biosemiotics. online first. 10.1007/s12304-014-9227-7
Research Group : Architecture Research Group