Parasite Architecture: Artistic, Architectural and Performative Interventions in Urban Space by Shahram Entekhabi. Ongoing Projects since 2001 to date.
Artistic, Architectural and Performative Interventions in Urban Space
Ongoing Projects since 2001 to date.

Parasite Architecture is rooted in the idea of the "informal", meaning everything which is temporary, inchoate, weak, imperfect, unfinished or formless. The concept of the "informal" was developed by various artists, theorists, and architects since the 1960s. The analysis is carried out in the context of questioning aspects of social communication (Gordon Matta-Clark), of the feminist deconstruction of space (Rita Mc Keough), of ideas of nomadism and psycho-geography as made popular by Deleuze + Guttary and the Situationists, and the technological, being influenced by virtual reality's increasing popularity.
Focussing the aspect of the transient within the idea of the informal, Parasite Architecture relates it to questions of migration and cultural diversity. Beyond the literal sense of "weak" structures, it combines various architectural approaches. In many places around the world, Shahram Entekhabi created informal extensions to existing architectures (e.g. museum architectures) or constructed independent temporary spaces. However, these informal architectures are always constructed in public space (as part of the Caution performances that are documented on video) and they are always made from caution tape - suggesting ideas about safety zones and no go areas and indicating aspects of exclusivity and inclusivity in public space. The works deal with the dual concept of performance and public space and time.