On the threshold of forgetting: Amnesiac identities and the Brazilian capital

Sully, Nicole (2004). On the threshold of forgetting: Amnesiac identities and the Brazilian capital. In: Harriet Edquist and Hélène Frichot, Limits: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference SAHANZ. 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (448-454). 26-29 September, 2004.

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Author Sully, Nicole
Title of paper On the threshold of forgetting: Amnesiac identities and the Brazilian capital
Conference name 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand
Conference location Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 September, 2004
Proceedings title Limits: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference SAHANZ
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780646440620
Editor Harriet Edquist
Hélène Frichot
Volume 02
Start page 448
End page 454
Total pages 7
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Centuries after Locke asserted the importance of memory to identity, Freudian psychology argued that what was forgotten was of equal importance as to what was remembered. The closing decades of the nineteenth century saw a rising interest in the nature of forgetting, resulting in a reassessment and newfound distrust of the long revered faculty of memory. The relationship between memory and identity was inverted, seeing forgetting also become a means for forging identity. This newfound distrust of memory manifested in the writings of Nietzsche who in 1874 called for society to learn to feel unhistorically and distance itself from the past - in what was essentially tantamount to a cultural forgetting. Following the Nietzschean call, the architecture of Modernism was also compelled by the need to 'overcome' the limits imposed by history. This paper examines notions of identity through the shifting boundaries of remembering and forgetting, with particular reference to the construction of Brazilian identity through the ‘repression’ of history and memory in the design of the Brazilian capital. Designed as a forward-looking modernist utopia, transcending the limits imposed by the country's colonial heritage, the design for Brasilia exploited the anti-historicist agenda of modernism to emancipate the country from cultural and political associations with the Portuguese Empire. This paper examines the relationship between place, memory and forgetting through a discussion of the design for Brasilia.
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Keyword Brazilian identity
Brasilia
Faculty of memory
Q-Index Code E1

 
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