The interesting thing is not primarily that it perpetuates itself through use, restoring its identity from one productive cycle to another and thus determining a certain temporality; but that it is a trap, an apparatus that lets us overturn relations of force. The machine is then neither an instrument nor a weapon, but an artifice, which is and which is not coupled with nature: it is so coupled in that it does not work without capturing and exploiting natural forces; it is not so coupled in that it plays a trick on these forces, being itself less strong than they are, and making real this monstrosity: that the less strong should be stronger than what is stronger.
text Franz Reuleaux, Kinematics. Fundamental Principles of a General Theory of Machines 1875
drawing: Neil Denari, Prototype Architecture School No. 5, project, Los Angeles, California, Elevations 1993