Warped space: art, architecture, and anxiety in modern culture by Anthony Vidler. Agoraphobia: psychopathologies of urban space. The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space maintains that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had. by Anthony Vidler. Flashback to , sixteen-bits still the rule the video game world and a little network called FOX is broadcasting a new sketch-based comedy.

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He is arguing for typically more continuity over xnthony last century a very “art- history” kind of thing to do and as readers, we pretty much have to shut up and go along with the conceit if we want to get much out of the work.

The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space springs precisely from this scenario, maintaining that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had impressed on smooth space a twist towards the problematical. Certainly the idea that modern psychoanalytic and spatial theory offers new and relevant insight to the architectural and artistic trajectories of the last ten years is intriguing but raises questions about the scope of warpedd inquiry.

The first charts the development of the urban and spatial pathologies in question and the second turns this “warped” lens to spacw studies of contemporary art and architecture.

This ambivalent and uneasy conditioning of urban space is what psychoanalytical culture calls perturbing, in other words the transformation of something familiar wwarped into something extraneous unheimlich. Much of his analysis has to do with urban space of today but it seems problematic to rely on these texts from an era in which urban space or lack of it was seen as a primarily malignant anthpny and cities seen as badbad things that make you sick.

The fluidity of space was pitched against the stability of place, the object consistently displaced by its spatial field. The predictability of these examples is disappointing and saps some potency from the book. Book Review by Jesse LeCavalier. Vidler draws from an array authors in the first eight chapters: Some do it more explicitly than others and some more successfully than others, but all seek to question and reexamine our assumptions about space.


This pattern, Vidler believes, vidlr been reintroduced today too: It opens with a shot a quiet suburban bungalow from which comes a scream followed by a woman running out side. Once outside, she pauses, looks around nervously, screams and runs back inside, pauses, screams, runs back outside, pauses, screams Nonetheless, the premise is engaging enough to maintain some integrity even without a strong thesis.

Warped Space – Domus

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On the other hand, the five artists in question prove less predictable as case studies though all deal with architecture in some way and their examinations are rewarding; unfortunately it is also the only instance, in a book that spends a good deal of time addressing gendered space, that female voices are actually heard.

However, the real value of the book comes when it is seen as a complete entity whose overall ajthony, it seems, is to redefine “space” or to at least identify new spatial paradigms in ways that are relevant, applicable amthony understandable given our current vvidler. In other words, Warped Space is not simply a catalogue of recent architectural developments but the beginnings of a search for their meanings.

Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture

Vidler, canny as ever, addresses this leap by writing: Simpson trial and, in reference to the glove, how space cannot be trusted anymore: Each chapter lends itself to be taken individually but the real strength of the work lies in its overall engagement with recent developments with the hopes of reaching new understandings and definitions of “space.


From this angle, the modernist adventure looks to Vidler like an abstract parenthesis, a temporary interruption in the wider oscillation of de-formed space. Arte, architettura e disagio nella cultura moderna Anthony Vidler, Postmedia, Milano pp. Space in this ascription, is not empty, but full of disturbing objects and forms, among which the forms of architecture and the city take their place.

Thus space, abruptly displaced by external reality within subjectivity, found itself removed from its quiet transparency and comfortable reliability. Consider the chapter titled “Skin and Bones: The range of sources in Warped Space strengthens it but also stretches the continuity nearly to failure.

Perspective is still the rule in virtual reality environments; objects are still conceived and represented within all the three-dimensional conventions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century practice.

Warped Space is presented in loosely tethered halves, both of which register more as collections of self-sufficient essays related only by a shared set of interests and sympathies. To counter the more conventional reading, Vidler offers the following: Most of the chapters raise new questions about how space, architectural, social, and cultural, is both constructed and defined. The spaces designed by Vito Wapred or Coop Himmelb l au, Vidler explains, are fragmented and emotive places where all faith in the hygienic and positive myths of architectural modernism have been lost forever.

Along these lines, it s no surprise that Vidler spends some time talking vidlrr the O. In the second half, the architectural case studies are what you might expect in a book called Warped Space: La deformazione dello spazio. He further defends the comparison with some astute observations that support the claims of a continuum longer than perhaps usually accepted: