This paper will look at the processes of making embodied in the working method of Coop Himmelb(l)au and their relationship to the earlier avant-garde practices of Dada. Using violence and nihilism as key strategies in this subversive attitude towards making, the paper will argue that indeterminacy, as an avant-garde strategy, has a long history as a subversive and politically motivated tactic against architectural hegemony and the taste of the bourgeoisie. The nihilistic impulse that connects certain strands of Deconstruction with Dada provides a platform for revisiting ‘ideology’ and its relationship to modes of architectural production.
ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly Vol. 10, Issue 3-4, p. 241-248