Goldblatt, David

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David Goldblatt “The Dislocation of the Architectural Self” 1991 Peter Eisenman 2000 David Goldblatt [the only picture of him around] 1. The term “ ecstasy ” comes from the Greek ecstasis : put out of place, hence besides oneself: in moral theory it involves removing oneself from one’s passions. I will discuss the role of ecstasis in the recent architecture of Peter Eisenman. 2. It is a paradox that the architect creates institutions but must resist institutionalizing , must resist being 2.1. Eisenman: to reinvent a site, the idea of the site must be freed from its tradition, a dislocation. [vs. Scruton] 2.2. He seeks to break with architecture’s hierarchical presuppositions. 3. Difficulty: the architect is implicated in the tradition of architecture, and architecture is enmeshed with everyday life. It is harder than in other arts to maintain independence from bourgeois [upper-class] taste. 3.1. What Goldblatt calls the “ architectural self ” works within the context of a traditional architecture, and it must be overcome. 3.2. But Eisenman wonders whether an architecture that examines its own assumptions can be designed by such a self. 3.3. He wishes to overcome an unconscious anthropomorphism [shapes based on humanity], i.e., as Kipnis puts it, man as he wants to see himself 4. An architecture that does not assume man as the measure of all things will, as Derrida put it let “ other voices speak,” let design begin from a dislocated vantage point. 5. Eisenman accomplishes this in part through using the “arbitrary text” to start the design process. 6. He wishes to overcome unconscious anthropomorphism in architecture to release a repressed power of the creative artist. 7. 1988: “Deconstructivist Architecture” show: combined the ideas of Derrida’s deconstructionism and the constructivist architecture of pre-revolutionary Russia. 7.1. This was an answer both to the easy architectural postmodernism of the time [an attack on Venturi and Brown] and to classical/modern architecture. 7.2. Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry were key figures [also Zaha Hadid, an Iranian
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