… of dissimulation that consists in making a show: [unfinished business … this is a holding screen for island work]
\\ Reason is at stake(d) in the catastrophe, the destruction is built-in (inside) every edifice; all large structures "…cast the shadow of their own destruction before them, and are designed from the first with an eye to their later existence as ruins."* Does this hold true for immaterial architectures? Inside what temporal zone is a virtual (immaterial) structure devastated? Are the seeds of abandonment always already apparent? Immaterial architectures are constituted by the inter-relationships between physical and invisible entities, like buildings, people, and the internet: also radiowaves and microwaves; channels (frequencies) for voices, and music, and pleasure, and surveillance, and fear. Whilst the operations that make something work become increasingly minute and outside the realms of specialist knowledges, the seeds of dissolutions and disaster are to be found in noise, malfunctions, disturbances and even paranoias.

*W. G. Sebald is referring to the Palace of Justice in Brussels, a "mountain range of stone" full of doorless rooms and empty spaces surrounded by walls, and renegade businesses established in long forgotten rooms; barbers for example (W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz London: Penguin Books, 2002. 24. 38-39).
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