“Else-where”: Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011
Author: Gavin Keeney
Date Of Publication: Nov 2011
“Else-where”: Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002–2011 is a synoptic survey of the representational values given to art, architecture, and cultural production at the closing of the twentieth century and the opening of the twenty-first. Written primarily as a critique of what is suppressed in architecture and what is disclosed in art, the essays are informed by the passage out of post-structuralism and its disciplinary analogues toward the Real (denoted over the course of the studies as the “Real-Irreal,” or “Else-where”). The essays collected in “Else-where” cross various disciplines (inclusive of landscape architecture, architecture, and visual art) to develop a nuanced critique of a renascent formal regard and elective exit from nihilism in art and architecture that is also an invocation of the highest coordinates given to the arts – that is, formal ontology as speculative intelligence itself, or the return of the universal as utopian thought “here-and-now.”
Gavin Keeney is an editor, writer, and critic based in New York, New York, USA. He is the author of Art as “Night”: An Art-Theological Treatise (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), a survey and critique of meta-painting from Velázquez to Gerhard Richter. He has taught in architecture schools in the USA and Australia and is the Creative Director of Agence ‘X’ (an editorial and artists’ and architects’ re-representation bureau established in 2007). His current research concerns theories of visual agency in art and architecture.
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