According to Daniel Fernandez Pascual’s research Partytopias in Berlin “Only by the fact of entering them, we become automatically excluded. […] Partytopias act as a sort of voluntary prisons or permanent hotels. […] Queuing, being on guest list and paying an entrance fee are three spatial filters for entering partytopias. There is a clear gap between the strict power of restricted access applied at the entrance and the relatively large degree of freedom experienced inside” which lead us to the consecution of the Fifth Principle of Foucault’s Heterotopias.
Party venues do not constitute an architectural typology per se, they rather conform a series of relational configurations and atmospheric conditions of spaces, capable of interacting to any kind of pre-existing spatial typology. Parties take over spaces and transform them into temporary heterotopias, spaces of illusion in which the homo faber of daily life becomes a temporary homo ludens, thanks to the implementation of hedonistic experiences, purification rituals, unexpected interactions and also thanks to the lose of inhibitions, normally enhanced through the consumption of legal and illegal drugs.
Sydney Administration for Nightlife Deviations pretends to establish an open and critical dialog with the students to interrogate the way in which the city of Sydney is managing control and power. An indicator of the intensity of sociocultural life of contemporary global cities, the celebration of parties is being attacked. Every single culture in the world constitutes festivities and celebrates parties, as the First Principle of the heterotopic spaces enact. Rituals, festivals, dances have been part of every civilization’s life, and used to express, to encourage, to pray, to relief, to represent, or simply to gather and play.
They are being attacked, but we will design party machines that will reconquer the city.