Archis 2004 #6: Without Concept

December, 2004

Concept, fantastic concept, pseudo-concept, creative concept, design concept, No Concept. Initiated versus lay people. Internal necessity versus cheap excuses. A sampling of the artistic alibi of our age.

Archis 2004 #6

Unsafe sex

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But conceptual art radicalised the idea to an independent entity, with an effect which can still be felt today, not only in art but in the whole culture. And even in the economy. You can even wonder whether branding of objects would have been as successful if conceptual art had not provided a model to […]

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Archis 2004 #6

Light as creator

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The libraries resemble one another in that they both aim to attract a wide public and to provide quality surroundings for their users. In Seattle, for example, the library is meant to boost the liveliness of the business district, while the Utrecht building hopes to draw additional crowds onto the university campus. However, the respective […]

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Archis 2004 #6

Demolition art

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The underlying idea is rather modest: it is hoped that such a metamorphosis will offer better protection against further deterioration than the view of a row of boarded-up houses or the presence of a wasteland. In practice, the impact is much greater. The effect of alienation is unusually strong; people become intrigued. The photographs appear […]

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Archis 2004 #6

The Matrix

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It’s hard to believe, but a large part of modern-day culture can be reduced to this antithesis. Or this one: On the one hand: Material. We think of objectivity, tangibility, experiential, a certain resistance. But also unwieldiness, immobility, dullness. On the other hand: Immaterial. Beautiful associations: transparent, nimble, spherical. Or rather: hot air, emptiness, obscurity. […]

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Archis 2004 #6

Liberation or straitjacket?

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Or how might they get by not entirely without concepts but without the unquestioned status of the concept? What, in other words, would remain of the creative spirit if it had to survive without the automatism of this era’s artistic alibi? How often hasn’t the concept been put forward as the part that really matters, […]

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