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April 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Anti-Constructivism in the Soviet Avant-Garde: Nikolai Dokuchaev and ASNOVA



 

Not all of the early Soviet architectural avant-garde was “Constructivist,” strictly speaking.  Though this was the title often generically ascribed to all modernist architecture coming out of Russia, only those pieces produced by the architectural group OSA can be considered constructivist.  OSA’s self-proclaimed position was that of constructivism, which was founded on the principle of the “functional method”…

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 25, 2011 at 4:56pm — No Comments

The Transformation of Utopia under Capitalist Modernity

Utopianism has always involved the imagination of a better world, a perfected society set against the imperfect society of the present.  Whether as an object of speculative philosophical reflection, a practical program for social transformation, or an idle daydream, utopia has always evinced the hope that reality might be made ideal.

Underneath this general rubric, however, “utopia” can be seen to signify several related but distinct things.  The term is…

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 25, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments

Notes for "Man and Nature"

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[1] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von.  “To Nature.”  From The Metamorphosis of Plants and Tobler’s Ode to Nature.  Translated by Agnes Arber.  (Chronica Botanica: 1946).  Pg. 123.…

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 25, 2011 at 12:55am — No Comments

Man and Nature

Nature! We are encircled and enclasped by her — powerless to depart from her, and powerless to find our way more deeply into her being.  Without invitation and without warning she involves us in the orbit of her dance, and drives us onward until we are exhausted and fall from her arm.

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We live in the midst of her, and yet to her we are alien.  She parleys incessantly with us,…

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 25, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Stalinization of Post-Revolutionary Art and Architecture

Panteleimon (brother of Il'ia) Golosov's Submission for the Narkomtiazhprom Competition

The vibrant artistic culture that existed in post-revolutionary Russia thrived up until the early 1930s.…

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 24, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Man as an Irony Within Nature: Schelling and the Presence of Evil

F.W.J. Schelling

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Added by Ross Lawrence Wolfe on April 24, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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