Key words

  • Literal Transparency
  • Phenomenal Transparency
  • Minimalism
  • Pop
  • DIA Aesthetic
  • Lightnes



Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius –> Industrial precedents

Precedents: How Europeans see America.

The United States was the oldest country, because it lived in the 20th century the longestGertrude Stein

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Public Art: Interactive Art & Urban Games


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Hard to make clear definitions, interactive art and urban games are a constitute of Art and Technology, promoting active interactions with their audience. Their appearance introduces a new understanding of Art-Technology relations while historicizing contemporary art. Continue reading “Public Art: Interactive Art & Urban Games”

Decon & Beyond

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While Hadid did promote ideas of Malevich and Suprematism in her art she also started to toy with the idea of Constructivism and the tension between the two. Constructivist architecture was also a Russian movment, but it turned to 3D representations. This can be shown in her piece titled, “The Peak”. As the text states, because of the exploration of the tension between Suprematism and Constructivist Hadid started to be considered in a new movement called Deconstructivist Architecture. While still using the ideas behind Suprematism, Hadid was able to use Constructivist ideas to actually transform her art into actual architecture.

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sculpture in the expanded field


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Rosalind Krauss outlines the divergent nature of sculpture in the Post-World War II era in “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.”  The stage was ripe for new thinking in sculpture following the constructivist attitude that allowed minimalism to take place in the 1960s.  The problem in the 1970s was that sculpture was beginning to veer from the classic example of a monument.  Monuments have a clear relationship to the ground in the use of a pedestal.  Once this relationship was lost, sculpture lived in an undefined world of possibilities.  The became modern and siteless.  The element that separated sculpture from a mere object had been eliminated in a search for new meaning in the ever changing world.

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Formulating Abstraction: Conceptual Art and the Architectural Object

Week 1  Arch 576 Reading Summary

Formulating Abstraction: Conceptural Art and the Architectual Object

Boyuan Dong, Wei Lin


The great development in digital technology and communication pressed architects to recognize less material forms . As a result, the discipline is facing an ontological crisis, which compels a review and critique of its origins. The questioning and criticism occurred in 1960s. That contributed to the dematerialization of the art and architecture.

Technological advances in methods of representation necessitated a shift in conceptions of what precisely constituted a work of art. Continue reading “Formulating Abstraction: Conceptual Art and the Architectural Object”