Aesthetics redux

Macarthur, John (2014) Aesthetics redux. The Journal of Architecture, 19 6: 1004-1008. doi:10.1080/13602365.2014.989747

Author Macarthur, John
Title Aesthetics redux
Journal name The Journal of Architecture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-2365
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/13602365.2014.989747
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 1004
End page 1008
Total pages 5
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
What a profound correlation between the vital machine of the Gothic and the vital machine of the digital! (The Sympathy of Things, p. 62) Ruskin is central to Lars Spuybroek’s The Sympathy of Things and the supporting anthology Vital Beauty from NAi/V2 in Rotterdam, and as such they are a part of a periodic resurgence of interest in Ruskin and the use of his works and their prestige to authorise new kinds of enquiry today. Vital Beauty anthologises ‘Of Vital Beauty’ [Modern Painters II] among sympathetic contemporary authors, and The Sympathy of Things is a direct repurposing of Ruskin’s idea that the Gothic held the potential to set right the disruptive technologies of his day. Just about every leap for relevance in cultural production these days grabs onto the advances in computing or the biosciences, or both. Ruskin’s vitalist concept of the commonality of nature and artifice ought to be relevant, and putting contemporary issues in the frame of a longer intellectual history does give an interesting and potentially valuable perspective.

The purposeful anachronisms that arise from this freewheeling Digital Gothic are fascinating and maddening in equal proportions...
Keyword Architecture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Subtitle: "The Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design By Lars Spuybroek, Rotterdam, V2 Publishing, NAi, 2011, ISBN 978-90-5662-827-7, Pb, pp. 400, ills
Vital Beauty: Reclaiming Aesthetics in the Tangle of Technology and Nature Editors Joke Brouwer, Arjen Mulder, Lars Spuybroek, Rotterdam,V2Publishing, 2012, ISBN 978-90-5662-856-7, Pb, pp. 252, ills colour".

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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