Prosthetic Aesthetics

"Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times." Sigmund Freud

The Prosthetic Sea – Poetry, Floatation Chambers, and the Nature of Water

The following essay brings together issues raised during a talk with D. Graham Burnett, editor of Cabinet Magazine and a specialist in the History of Science and of the ocean in particular. … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Six – Unity

— — Architecture’s dream is to create a unity of place through the division of space. This is not only an area that we enter into with our bodies; it … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Five – Rorschach GIF

Leonardo observed that the patterns of nature are recursive, reappearing at different scales: if you focused on cracks in the wall, you would be able to discern rivers, and you … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Four – Exile and the Sun

Light is an enigma. Scientists, artists and philosophers have long speculated on what it is – and nobody agrees. Let’s hear from our imaginary panel of experts about it (featuring … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part One – Exile and The Tower (for Lebbeus Woods)

Exilliteratur, The next series of posts about Exile and Architecture comes from conversations I had with the artist and architect Lebbeus Woods, who sadly passed away earlier this month. – … Continue reading

November 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Public Assembly: Part Four – Oblique Landscape

The third and final project from the Public Assembly essay, the Oblique Landscape was the result of a year spent obsessing about a new kind of urban sculpture, one that … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art Tourism: I’ve Never Been to dOCUMENTA

This summer, when asked by friends if I was going to Documenta (13 / XIII), and I felt like I should have been able to say – Yes, a bunch of … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Anish Kapoor, Part Three: XL Sculpture

Public art. What does it mean? If it means a work of art visible to the public, then Kapoor has been very successful with the mirrored Cloud Gate, and incredibly … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Anish Kapoor, Part Two: from Microcosm to Narcissism

Is using mirrors “cheating”? While the scale of Anish Kapoor’s work relates to the human body, he often uses colour in its most primitive form – as saturated powder pigments applied … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy” Nietzsche

The human body is both sacred and common.  As the title quote by Friedrich Nietzsche illustrates, there is no strict distinction between the mortal vessel we inhabit and our mind. … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

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