chapter  18
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Ready, steady, cook with Bergson, Plato and Gordon Matta-Clark

This paper is situated within architecture’s awkward relationship with ‘this thing called

theory’, particularly theory closely read from philosophy. More precisely, it is situated

within a discussion concerning the precession, conjunction or lag that this thing called

theory enjoys with the matter, and the formed material, of architecture. It brings together

three protagonists: the philosophers Plato and Henri Bergson, and the artist Gordon

Matta-Clark. Admittedly, they are unusual bedfellows; what brings them together here

is their shared interest in cooking, which each uses (metaphorically or literally) when

discussing method, be it philosophical, artistic or architectural.