Without Stability, Without Foundation
Floater#01 editorial by Elina Axioti
1. Pull life-jacket over the head
2. Pass tapes round the waist, cross them and bring to the front
3. Tie tapes securely in a double knot under jacket
4. Inflate by pulling red knot at bottom of jacket smartly downwards. Mouthpiece on left side can be used if required
The instructions for use were written on a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
. More precisely they describe the exact function of this peculiar inflatable object that could extend the human's body ability to float. There are certain rules that accompany the use of this object-an object useful only in a particular situation; in an emergency. However, we never really know if this supplement is really a safety valve or reinforces the illusion of safety provided by a body capable of floating.
An archeology of floatation could provide us with many examples of such structures; technological inventions that can resist gravity, like, bathyscaphes, missiles, ships, planes, and mythical islands as well are bound with floatation dreams in an imaginary space that often confronts the language of architecture. There is no limit within the idea of floatation where fictional scenes become reality, projecting the past onto the present. There has been a subtle conception of the transformation of preexisting fictional structures in the modernist's experiments of technological inventions in science, art and architecture, which generated contemporary digital architectural initiatives. This condition could be described as always existing on the border where fiction and reality are involved in a constant, mutual reflection and perception.
The term floatation is quite flexible, and Floater magazine, without defining it, uses its functionality to grasp certain spatial, political, legal, artistic, and architectural experiences. Issue 1 is not to be understood as a thematic display of projects and texts that seek a seamless completeness in the representation of a topic. Rather it should be seen as a discursive field in which the contributions expand the perception of floatation. The material-artworks, projects and texts-selected for this publication provide another format for such negotiation and investigation, emphasizing key aspects of a discourse initiated, this time, by the Floater group through the example of Flip (Floating Instrument Platform). The declared emphasis on this reference organises the direction of the group's thoughts on the floatation process.