Warped Space Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture
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- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Mit Pr
- Publish date: 12/01/2000
Beginning with agoraphobia and claustrophobia in the late nineteenth century, followed by shell shock and panic fear after World War I, phobias and anxiety came to be seen as the mental condition of modern life. They became incorporated into the media and arts, in particular the spatial arts of architecture, urbanism, and film. This "spatial warping" is now being reshaped by digitalization and virtual reality. Anthony Vidler is concerned in this book with two forms of warped space. The first, a psychological space, is the repository of neuroses and phobias; it is not empty but full of disturbing forms, including those of architecture and the city. The second kind of warping is produced when artists break the boundaries of genre to depict space in new ways.
Vidler traces the emergence of a psychological idea of space from Pascal and Freud to the identification of agoraphobia and claustrophobia in the nineteenth century to twentieth-century theories of spatial alienation and estrangement. Focusing on current conditions of displacement and placelessness, he examines ways in which contemporary artists and architects have produced new forms of spatial warping. Finally, Vidler looks at the architectural experiments of Coop Himmelblau, Daniel Libeskind, Greg Lynn, Morphosis, and Eric Owen Moss.