From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Madeline Gins met her partner, the artist Arakawa, in 1963. Together, they founded the Architectural Body Research Foundation. They have designed and built residences (Reversible Destiny Lofts - Mitaka, Bioscleave House, Shidami Resource Recycling Model House) and parks (Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro). They have developed an original theory and practice of the relation of the human being to the exterior world, elaborated most extensively in their book, Architectural Body. Arakawa and Gins are, together and separately, the authors of several books and exhibition volumes, most recently Making Dying Illegal.
Arakawa and Gins were reportedly victims of Bernard Madoff, losing several million dollars when Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed.
Books by Arakawa and Gins
- The Mechanism of Meaning (Arakawa and Gins, 1971)
- What the President Will Say and Do (Gins, 1984)
- To Not to Die (Gins, 1987)
- Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny (Arakawa & Gins, 1994)
- Hellen Keller or Arakawa (Gins, 1994)
- Reversible Destiny (Arakawa & Gins, 1997)
- Architectural Body (Arakawa & Gins, 2002)
- Making Dying Illegal (Arakawa & Gins, 2006)