Madeline Gins met her partner, artist Arakawa, in 1963. One of their earlier collaborations, The Mechanism of Meaning, was shown in its entirety at the 1997 Guggenheim exhibition “Arakawa/Gins – Reversible Destiny/We Have Decided Not to Die. In 1987, as a means of financing the design and construction of works of architecture (that draw on The Mechanism of Meaning), Arakawa and Gins founded the Reversible Destiny Foundation. The Foundation actively collaborates with practitioners in a wide range of disciplines including, experimental biology, neuroscience, quantum physics, experimental phenomenology, and medicine. Architectural projects have included residences (Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Reversible Destiny Lofts (In memory of Helen Keller) - Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan), parks (Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro) and plans for housing complexes and neighborhoods (Reversible Destiny Fun House, BOOM - LGBT Community, Isle of Reversible Destiny-Venice and Isle of Reversible Destiny-Fukuoka, Sensorium City, Tokyo).
Books by Arakawa and Gins
- Making Dying Illegal, Architecture Against Death: Original to the 21st Century. (in collaboration with Arakawa). Tokyo: Shunjusha, 2007
- Making Dying Illegal, Architecture Against Death: Original to the 21st Century. (in collaboration with Arakawa). New York: Roof Books. (November, 2006).
- Le Corps Architectural(in collaboration with Arakawa). Paris: Editions Manucius, 2005.
- Architectural Body (in collaboration with Arakawa). Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.
- Reversible Destiny: We Have Decided Not to Die (Guggenheim Catalog) (in collaboration with Arakawa). New York: Abrams, Inc., 1997.
- ARCHITECTURE: Sites of Reversible Destiny (Architectural Experiments after Auschwitz-Hiroshima) (in collaboration with Arakawa). London: Academy Editions, 1994.
- Helen Keller or Arakawa. Santa Fe: Burning Books with East/West Cultural Studies, 1994.
- To Not To Die (in collaboration with Arakawa). Paris: Editions de la Différence, 1987.
- What the President Will Say and Do!! New York: Station Hill Press, 1984.
- The Mechanism of Meaning (in collaboration with Arakawa) (introduction by Lawrence Alloway). Munich: Bruckmann, 1971. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1979 (2nd edition). New York: Abbeville Press, 1989 (3rd edition).
- For Example (A Critique of Never) (in collaboration with Arakawa). Milan: Alessandra Castelli Press, 1974.
- Intend. Bologna: Tau/ma, 1973.
- Word Rain (or A Discursive Introduction to the Philosophical Investigation of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says). New York: Grossman/Viking, 1969.
Books accredited to Arakawa and Gins
- Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa & Madeline Gins. (Architecture - Technology - Culture) Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
- On Architecture, Fred Rush, Taylor & Francis, Nov 4, 2008, pp. 47–52.
- Bodies in Code: Interfaces with Digital Media, Mark B. N. Hansen, CRC Press, 2006. pp. 183–191, 219-220.
- Architectures of Poetry, María Eugenia Díaz Sánchez, Craig Douglas Dworkin, Rodopi, 2004, pp. 77–89.
- Reimagining Textuality, Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print, Edited by Elizabeth Bergmann
- Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat, the University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, pp. 123–148, 178-185.
- '“Biotopological Report #10, First Draft, 2006,” (in collaboration with Arakawa). The Canary 6, 2007 Kerb, 2007/2008
- '“(untitled),”“(untitled),”“(Poem Precedes Title),” “The The Eyelid,” Outing,” “Localization and Transference.” Séance, 2006, (in collaboration with Arakawa). pp. 169 – 171. 2006, p. 171.
- '“The Architectural Body – Landing Sites,” (in collaboration with Arakawa). Space in America: Theory History Culture, (editors) Klaus Benesch and Kerstein Schmidt, Fall 2005.
- '“LIVING BODY Museumeum,” Cities Without Citizens. 2003, pp. 243 –157
- '“Gifu-Reversible Destiny” (in collaboration with Arakawa). Architectural Design, Games of Architecture, 1996, pp. 27–35.
- '“Housing Complexity” (in collaboration with Arakawa). Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts no. 6, Complexity, 1995, pp. 88–95.
- '"Landing Sites/The End of Spacetime" (in collaboration with Arakawa). Art and Design, May–June, 1993.
- '"Person as Site in Respect to a Tentative Constructed Plan" (in collaboration with Arakawa). ANYWHERE, 1992, pp. 54–67.
- '"The Tentative Constructed Plan as Intervening Device (for a Reversible Destiny)" (in collaboration with Arakawa). A+U: Architecture and Urbanism, December 1991, pp. 48–57.
- '"The Process in Question," Critical Relations. Highgate Art Trust, (editor) Joan Burns, MA: Williamstown, 1989.
- '"To Return To!" (in collaboration with Arakawa), Marcel Duchamp and the Avant-Garde Since 1950. Köln: Ludwig Museum, 1988.
- 'Essay on Multi-Dimensional Architecture" (selections published in Boundary 2, Fall 1985/Winter 1986, and Pratt Architectural Journal, Spring 1988).
- '"Forum: Arakawa's The Sharing of Nameless, 1982-83," DRAWING, Jan.-Feb. 1985, pp. 103–104.
- Daniel Ross, "Passages to Immortality: Arakawa and Gins, Stiegler, and September 11", Reconstruction 11.2, 2011.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard. Que Peindre?: Adami, Arakawa, Buren. Paris: Hermann Editeurs, 2008.
- R. Klanten, L. Feireiss. Eds. Strike a Pose: Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces. September 2008.
- Jondi Keane and Evan Selinger. “Architecture and *'Philosophy: Refelections on Arakawa and Gins.” Footprint. Autumn 2008.
- Fred Bernstein. “A House Not for Mere Mortals,” New York Times, April 2008
- Costica Bradatan. “The Alchemists of the 21st Century,” Review of Making Dying Illegal. Architecture against Death: Original to the 21st Century, Parallax, 13 (2008).
- 'Jondi Keane. “Exert Yourself in Wholly Other Ways,” Kerb, 2007/2008
- 'Jondi Keane. “Situating Situatedness through Æffect and the Architectural Body of Arakawa and Gins,” Janus Head, Winter/Spring Issue 2007, 9.2, pp. 437–457
- 'Florentine Sack. Open House: Towards a New Architecture. 2006, pp. 131– 143.
- '“Design Innovation House: Reversible Destiny Lofts.” Archiworld, 2006.
- Mari Hashimoto. “How to Live in Reversible Destiny Lofts with Directions for Use.” Casa Brutus, February 2006.
- 'Yoshihio Sano. “The trial to cross-over.” Japan Architect, February 2006.
- Lawrence B. Nagy. “Parcours vita a domicile.” Monde, February 26, 2006.
- Tomoko Otake. “Home sweet ‘death-defying’condo homes.” The Japan Times, January 15, 2006.
- Takeshi Matsuda. “Closeup: Building a Residence with Tubes, Spheres and Cubes.” Nikkei Architecture, May 2, 2005
- Joel David Robinson. “From Clockwork Bodies to Reversible Destinies (On the Architectural Experiments of Arakawa and Gins).” Art Papers, March/April 2005.
- Lisa Licitra Ponti. “Arakawa + Gins. Living Bodies.” Domus 879, March 2005.
- Susan Stewart. “On the Art of the Future.” The Chicago Review, Winter 2004/2005.
- Karen MacCormack. “Mutual Labyrinth: A Proposal of Exchange.” Architectures of Poetry. Eds., Dworkin, Craig Douglas and Maria Eugenia Diaz Sanchez. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004
- 'Michel Delville. “How Not to Die in Venice: The Art of Arakawa and Madeline Gins.” Architectures of Poetry. Eds., Dworkin, Craig Douglas and Maria *'Eugenia Diaz Sanchez. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004
- 'Michelle Delville. “How Not to Die in Venice: The Art of Arakawa and Madeline Gins” Reading the Illegible (Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies). Ed. by *'Craig Dworkin. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2003.
- David Kolb. Review of Architectural Body. Continental Philosophy Review, 2003.
- Patrick Pardo. “Regarding the Lives of Human Snails: Arakawa/Gins and the Architectural Body.” The Daily NY Arts Newsletter. May 15, 2003, p. 1.
- Aaron Kunin. “Stay Alive: Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper.” The Village Voice, January 15 – 21, 2003.
- Joel David Robinson. Review of Architectural Body. Parachute, April 5, 2003.
- Geraldine McKenzie. Review of Architectural Body. How2, Spring 2003.
- Jean-Michel Rabaté, ed. “Architecture Against Death Architecture” Interfaces (21-22) A + G Special Double Issue, Fall 2003.
- 'Mary Ann Caws. “Taking Textual Time” Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print. Edited by Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat. Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
- 'Jeff Byles. “The Reversible Destiny: Architecture of Arakawa and Madeline Gins.” Plazm, 27, 2002.
- 'Arthur C. Danto. “Arakawa-Gins.” The Nation, August 11/18 1997, pp. 31–34. Reprinted in The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. pp. 265–272
- 'Samira Kawash. “Bodies at Risk- The Architecture of Reversible Destiny.” PAJ 59, 1998, pp. 17–27.
- 'Tom McEvilley. “Arakawa and Gins at the Guggenheim Soho.” Art in America, January 1998, pp. 100–101.
- Mark Amerika. "Astrophysical Grammatology- Helen Keller or Arakawa." American Book Review, February–March 1996, Vol. 17, No. 3, p. 18.
- Gendai Shiso. (The Journal of Contemporary Thought – Tokyo), (Each issue of this journal is devoted to the work of a leading contemporary thinker). August 1996, devoted to the work of Arakawa/Gins.
- Serge Gavronsky. “Dot Lamour.” Witz, A Journal of Contemporary Poetics, Winter 1994, Volume III, No. 1.
- 'Mary Ann Caws. “Madeline Gins- Helen Keller or Arakawa.” Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts, no. 6, Complexity, 1995, p. 96.
- 'Robert Creeley. “‘Someplace Enormously Moveable’- The Collaboration of Arakawa and Madeline Gins.” Art Forum, Vol. 18 (Summer, 1980), pp. 60–65.