Category Archives: art/architecture

on photography

On Photography by Susan Sontag Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still reveling, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth. (3) In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth … Continue reading

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a word for everything

isovist: the volume of space visible from a given point (part of “space syntax“)

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“We as art historians are incredible narcissists, as observation inevitably begins with the one who is observing. I have seen this more than once, even in the case of the exact sciences, and let me be clear: I wonder if … Continue reading

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more about cities

(both of these from “Cities can’t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness….Cities are the contradictions of capitalism, spelled out in crowds. They are engines … Continue reading

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Overdrive L.A.

In 2013, as part of Pacific Standard Time, the Getty had an exhibition (and book) called Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940-1990. Exhibition details and images are still up on the Getty website, including this video: Ed Ruscha’s photographs of … Continue reading

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