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The Perversions of Modern Architecture: Everything you wanted to know about it but were afraid to ask

Lecture by Beatriz Colomina

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This lecture will expand the traditional understanding of modern architecture to include the full kaleidoscope of its obsessions, from the depth of the unconscious to outer space.

Modern architecture was never straightforward. Despite the surface rhetoric of rationality, clarity and efficiency, modern architects were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, exoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extraterrestrial life, artificial intelligence, chance, the primitive, the fetish, etc.This lecture will expand the traditional understanding of modern architecture to include the full kaleidoscope of its obsessions, from the depth of the unconscious to outer space.

Through a series of case studies from the early twentieth century till today, of both mainstream figures and misfits, the lecture will explore the backwaters of modern architecture to reveal the astonishing richness and eccentricity of the field. The case studies include Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, Friedrich Kiesler, Carlo Mollino, Richard Neutra, R.M.Schindler, Bernard Rudofsky, Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas, and Buckminster Fuller.  

Presenters: Fredy Massad

Participants: Beatriz Colomina

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