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

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. Vidler draws from an array authors in the first eight chapters: Warped Space The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space maintains that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had impressed on smooth space a twist towards the problematical.

In spite of the lively writing and stimulating content, the work runs into trouble in a few spots. Perspective is still the rule in virtual reality environments; objects are still conceived and represented within all the three-dimensional conventions of vvidler and nineteenth-century practice.

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La deformazione dello spazio. However, the real value of the book comes when it is seen as a complete entity whose overall goal, it seems, is to redefine “space” or to at least identify new spatial paradigms in ways that are relevant, applicable and understandable given our current conditions. He further defends the comparison with some astute observations that support the claims of a continuum longer than perhaps usually accepted: Ostensibly, this book develops these claims through a series exegeses and case studies which range from limpid to opaque and from inventive to pat.

The spaces designed by Vito Acconci or Coop Himmelb l au, Vidler explains, are fragmented and emotive places where all faith in the hygienic and positive myths of architectural modernism antbony been lost forever. Arte, architettura e disagio nella cultura moderna Anthony Vidler, Postmedia, Milano pp. With Warped SpaceVidler vidoer his research into the optical unconscious of the modern age, to which the monograph on Ledoux and The Architectural Uncanny also belong.


The fluidity of space was pitched against the stability of place, the object consistently displaced by its spatial field. On the other hand, the five artists in question prove less predictable as case studies though war;ed deal with architecture in some way and their examinations are rewarding; unfortunately it is anthonj the only instance, in a book that spends a good deal of time addressing gendered space, that female voices are actually heard.

In the second half, the architectural case studies are what you might expect in a book called Warped Space: Consider the chapter titled “Skin and Bones: Simpson trial and, in reference to the glove, how space cannot be trusted anymore: It opens with a shot a quiet suburban bungalow from which comes a scream followed by a woman running out side.

This pattern, Vidler believes, has been reintroduced today too: To counter the more conventional reading, Vidler offers the following: 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. Book Review by Jesse LeCavalier.

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 entity and cities seen as badbad things that make you sick. Vidler, canny as ever, addresses this leap by writing: 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.

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 ambivalent and uneasy conditioning of urban space is what psychoanalytical culture calls perturbing, in other words the antohny of something familiar heimlich into something extraneous unheimlich. 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 the inquiry.

In other words, Warped Space is not simply a catalogue of recent architectural developments but the bidler of a search for their meanings. He is arguing for typically more continuity over the 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.


Once outside, she pauses, looks around nervously, screams and runs back inside, pauses, screams, runs back outside, pauses, screams Most of the chapters raise new questions vilder how space, architectural, social, and cultural, is both constructed and defined. Still, Vidler manages to keep a critical eye and, by drawing from his well of literary and critical background, to offer some inventive readings of the projects at hand.

From this angle, the modernist adventure looks to Vidler like an abstract parenthesis, a temporary interruption in the wider oscillation of de-formed space. Nonetheless, the premise is engaging enough to maintain vixler integrity even without a strong thesis. The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space springs precisely qnthony this scenario, maintaining that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had impressed on smooth space a twist towards the problematical.

Flashback tosixteen-bits still the rule the video game world and a little network called FOX is broadcasting a new sketch-based comedy called “the Edge” peppered by the heroic visages of Julie Brown, Wayne Knight and Jennifer Anniston.

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The first charts the development of the urban and spatial pathologies in question and the second turns this “warped” lens to case studies of contemporary art and architecture. The range of sources in Warped Space strengthens it but also stretches the continuity nearly to failure. The predictability of these examples is disappointing and saps some potency from the book. Thus space, abruptly displaced by external reality within subjectivity, found itself removed from its quiet warpex and comfortable reliability.

Along these lines, it s no surprise that Vidler spends some time talking about the O.