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Goldís heaviness and malleability

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Steen, AP, Gold's heaviness and malleability, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold, 06-09 July 2016, Melbourne, pp. 648-656. ISBN 9780734052650 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Assemblage 13, December, 1990, includes Ann Bergrenís "Goldís Gym in Venice, Ca." In this text, Bergren, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California and architectural theory teacher at Southern California Institute of Architecture, submits one eccentric work of architecture to a feminist poststructuralist reading. "Goldís Gym in Venice, Ca." exercises richness and poorness, excess and lack, beauty and grotesqueness, drugs, myth, and religion. It actively challenges architectureís practices of interpretation, definition, and ability to deal with difference. It is a complex, non-linear, and experimental text, highly articulated yet unambiguously heavy. Assemblage 15, August, 1991, includes Rob Millerís "A Punchlist for ĎGoldís Gymí: The Echoing of a Dumbbell." In this text, Miller, practising architect and teacher at Clemson University and Georgia Institute of Technology, directly responds to "Goldís Gym in Venice Ca." He enacts a so-called "re:assemblage" of "Goldís Gym in Venice, Ca." In so doing, he responds to the challenges that text presents architecture and architects of the type that Miller self-ascribes. This paper will examine Millerís article in relation to Bergrenís and Millerís re:assemblage in relation to Bergrenís assemblage. It will interrogate Millerís attempts to use conceptual apparatuses formed by Umberto Eco, most centrally the open work, to refigure Bergrenís text. As such, the paper will trace an attempt at discursive remoulding. It will critique one architectural history textís attempt to control reading and writing of another text, and itself. In conclusion, the paper will reinforce the value of heavy, reflective, and reflexive texts for architectural discourse and disciplinary intellection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:architecture theory, structuralism, poststructuralism
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural History and Theory
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
Author:Steen, AP (Dr Andrew Steen)
ID Code:113730
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Architecture (Discipline)
Deposited On:2017-01-17
Last Modified:2017-08-07
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