Observatories of Collective Work

Observing the Moon and studying the Space in the research of new Planets represents the highest aspiration of human intellect. Marx intends this form of labor as part of the general intellect, including here all the scientific and intellectual inventions of the “social brain”, a fruit of the global work made in cooperation. As highlighted by sociologist Richard Sennett, Diderot e D’Alembert saw the factory as a place of pleasure and knowledge, hiding under a fake happiness the alienation of a disciplinary cooperation.


When Henry Ford invents the assembly line, workers participate, move, try different movements and positions for establishing a more efficient cooperation and for incrementing the capital of the industry. Cooperation becomes soon alienating. Workers become absorbed from machines under the discipline of the factory and capitalism.

Henry Ford, Model T Ford Assembly Line, 1913


Good-manners bourgeois men spent free time together in gentlemen’s club, discussing on business, on women, smoking and dedicating to Otium together. For them, beyond the office, social relationships were also part of the working day, the only way for maintaining solid trades and businesses: friends just for the sole interest of work.

Gentlemen Club House, England, 1925


After revolutionizing this, soviet architects invented Workers Clubs for emancipating worker’s intellect and cooperation beyond the factory. In the Clubs, workers themselves, after working-time, had to act a theatrical comedy, to relax, and to be educated on knowledge and on how to live together.

Alla corte di Starlin (La Grande Storia, Rai Storia), 2011—La-Grande-Storia-6d7c7501-5f1f-4e8b-bfbc-5943dad06a2e.html


During the 60s-70s, Punk groups exported the same model in the garages and the warehouses of their neighborhoods where they played music together in clubs, garages and pubs. Simple employees like Ian Curtis saw the collective, the group, as a form of creation and art. Composing music, after the office 8-hour working time, meant rising work from mere discipline to a form of art.

Joy Division, Disorder, 1979


Today, knowledge, intellect and the potential of being productive, are included in the labor force that all of us (precarious workers, freelance or employed) sell to the employer, the client, to the boss, in exchange for a few moments of celebrity or in order to pay the rent of the house. The Collective and its organizational forms can be the only possible solution in order to imagine alternative scenarios of working.


In a context where labor absorbs affectivities, individual care, free time, all life, We propose DOMES: Communal Aule for liberating ourselves from the discipline of the office/factory and for finding time to observe the Space.

DOMES are communal rooms, designed as generic architectures to be collocated within the capitalistic metropolis as places to organize ourselves as workers, where to cooperate deciding together democratically when to produce, when to play sports and when to create microcosms of nature. So, finally, liberating all of us from work and finding free time for watching the space and other new worlds. 

DOMES (AULE). Observatories of collective work

Lunar Party, Corte Complesso del Redentore, Bari
Exhibition, 2019

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