The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) is an experimental program assembled to work as a host, which brings different disciplines practice together, namely architecture, art, mediation and curation with the aim of creating a transdisciplinary approach. The program is composed of series of workshops, seminars and public events to act a support-structure, articulating collaborations with architects, scientists, artists, choreographers, philosophers, curators, cooks and others.
The institute is dedicated to research about forms of generation and delivery of content related to the endotic – an antonym for exotic. French writer George Perec used it to build a conceptual tool to approach everyday life in immediate surroundings. With this idea, he proposed to keep the fascination of the act of exploring but avoiding the production of the figure of the other. Within this position TIER introduces a research on writing, performance, economy, and history. It is conceived as a platform of encounters through the production of a fictional institution having an operative program of collaborations with other agents, through the means of architectural devices.
Considering that an institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose, TIER takes the form of an institute to produce a host for a multidisciplinary approach for knowledge production. At the same time, it conducts in the public sphere a temporal space based on notions directly related to —and placed in— the domestic, which usually is confined to the private space and reproductive labour.
The purpose of this institute is to create a body of work operating from the endotic. The endotic is a subtle but powerful tool to generate a situated practice of an institution. It is subtle because it looks to the imperceptible of the everyday life, to the visible but hidden details of the space and gestures of bodies around us. It rescues the astonishment from the forgotten obvious, trapped by its naturalization. It is a powerful tool because it leads us to read and listen to our surroundings, always looking from unexplored stances. From this immanent display, the very local traces a priceless threshold from which to approach the complex global. In its well-known methodology, Oulipo —the group to which Perec belonged—was a great pioneer of crossing knowledge fields in order to practice a critical fascination. They developed a system in which constraints were an efficient driving force, merging mathematics, literature and artistic positions. These constraints can be translated from the writing to the cultural practice to think about spatial design, funding or ways of cooperation, looking for more sustainable practices.
The Institute for Endotic Research is initiated by Lorenzo Sandoval.