Forum 2016 - Infrastructure Space - Detroit (Ruby Press)

11 10 Infrastructures of Equality Versus Inequality Ricky Burdett From Railroad to Greenway Diane Van Buren The Mechanics of Invisibility Paul N. Edwards Transformative Capacity of Resilience Henk Ovink Designing the Coast in the Moment of Rain Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha Geography and Oil Design Earth Document: For a Techno-Aesthetic Georges Teyssot A Visual Atlas, Part 4 Something Fantastic Biographies Image Credits Donor Acknowledgment Colophon 306 314 327 337 345 361 377 409 418 420 421 Infrastructure as Agency Infrastructure Takes Command: Coming out of the Background Marc Angélil and Cary Siress Desire is part of the infrastructure 1 —Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari In the mid-1950s, a young Jean-Luc Godard—years before Godard became Godard—traveled to a remote spot high in the Swiss Alps to join crews working on the construction of one of Switzerland’s largest infrastructural projects, the Grande Dixence hydroelectric dam. Godard became ever more engrossed day by day with the epic scale of the task at hand. After having been transferred to a less demanding job on site as a switchboard operator, he soon came upon the idea to document the dam’s construction, which provided the material for his debut film, shot with a borrowed 35-millimeter camera. The short documentary, entitled Opération béton, was based on the two-page script “La Campagne du béton” that had been hastily written by a companion also working on the dam, whose felicitous turn of phrase translates as ‘The Campaign of Concrete’ or ‘The Concrete Countryside.’ The double entendre —implying both military-like logistics and an engineered transforma- tion of the Swiss landscape—says much about the role of concrete