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On Self-Radicalization in Architecture

November 19, 2009

Notice how each of these haunted houses are characterized by effects outside themselves i.e. through the medium of the photograph. The subjectivity of the projected image obscures the ability to objectively consider whether these houses are haunted or not. We cannot inhabit these houses therefore we are provoked to believe the abstracted vision. Only through our absence do these houses obtain their haunted-ness, evilness, and radical nature (if you can dispel the silliness of the haunted house as a metaphorical tool).

“It is a condition of the uncertain, the unspeakable, the unnatural, the unpresent, the unphysical; taken together these constitute the condition which approaches the terrifying, a condition which lies within the sublime.” Peter Eisenman, from “En Terror Firma: In Trails of Grotextes.”

If there is a single premise to be derived from the study of the uncanny in modern culture, it is that there is no such thing as an uncanny architecture but simply architecture that, from time to time and for different purposes, is invested with uncanny qualities.” Anthony Vidler, from “Theorizing the Unhomely.”

Ghost architects haunting their buildings.  Ghost clients haunting their architects.

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