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

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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 Three – Exile and The Scientist

There is a rift between science and beauty, inhabited by war machines. We could say that explosions, caught just at the moment of their full force, have an aesthetic quality … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Two – Exile and The Space Station

Part two of the series exploring the outer reaches of human technology – beyond art and science. With thanks to Lebbeus Woods (RIP). — What is a space station, except … Continue reading

November 19, 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

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

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