Monday, January 26, 2009

Questions for discussion 2

Subjective Vision and the Separation of the Senses in Techniques of the Observer, by Jonathan Crary.

What are some instances in 21c. art and architecture where the combination of science and art, the subjective and the objective, sensory and logical is necessarily used?

How is the “visual infantine” theory important today? Is it even an objective among today’s artists and architects to view our surroundings as well as our art as if we were seeing it for the first time? Is this important in our culture?

Is our present culture more focused on the dissection of the senses or the conglomeration of the senses?

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

How could this combination of philosophy and architectural description affect your work?

On page48 Calvino talks about the changes of language that occur from city to city, he states “I realized I had to free myself from the images which in the past had announced to me the things I sought: only then would I succeed in understanding the language of Hypatia.” What are some of the “language” differences faced today when considering new architecture in a new city?

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