kito sogo bank morioka branch 1970
mon chapeau (ebihara house) 1969
architext 00 spring 1972
plaza house (w. co. hakone lodge) 1968
villa moby dick (mr. i’s second house) 1966
house of “akari” (tatematsu house) 1967
our old friend a young hare (formerly known as rolu’s “nic the intern”) made a beautiful post that touched on a bunch of my favorite things. disintegration / regeneration and the role that memory and time play, the image or photograph as a symbol for something we may believe we know but have never experienced, the coercive nostalgia present in the missing information of a picture that’s been copied too many times… all awesome stuff.
his post brought so many things to mind. pierre hugye’s the third memory, john cage’s ideas about the space in between the notes in music, uta barth’s description of her work’s exploration of light and shadows… “subtle information, as it is being erased, as it disappears from view, disappears from the world.” also christine kozlov’s 1970 work – information: no theory and amalia pica’s work dialogue (paper and mountain). and even hauntology, the term jacques derrida coined in spectres of marx to describe the ghost like traces of the past that accumulate while we are moving into the future. it’s a term that’s often used in relation to music by ariel pink or john maus (whose new record is fantastic btw.)
part of nic’s post involves a piece he put together in october 2009 for the rolu blog about toyo ito’s “u house” – gorgeous architecture made even more beautiful by the heartbreaking story that led to its realization. it is one of my favorite posts he did while he was here. those distorted images he scanned in the library hung in the rolu studiofor a long time.
but what i like the most right now is that i’ve never seen the original images of the u house with their visual information still intact…
i can’t help but think of the scans i share here from an issue of architext 00 spring ’72. nic and i had been obsessed with a lot of the clip, stamp, fold (radical architecture zines from the 60s and 70s) related stuff before he made those ito scans. for us, the images we loved from those publications started out the way nic’s scans of ito’s house ended up.
in information theory, the loss of information is described as entropy.
“if it is true that with each language that disappears from the world, something of the imaginary in the world disappears with it, then it is likewise true that with every language that is translated into another, that imaginary gets enriched, namely by an odyssey of searching and a subsequent fixing of meaning. translation means jumping, and thus means beautiful renunciation. the beauty of this renunciation is what can perhaps at least be discerned in the act of translation.” – édouard glissant
please enjoy the time as it passes, and its memory when it is gone.
all scans taken from scans of architext–00 spring 1972
posted by matt olson