Posted by Richard Haut on September 28, 2003 at 10:43:45:
In Reply to: Re: Rebels without a cause: architecture without a point posted by Rog the Dodge on September 28, 2003 at 09:20:43:
what Per describes started some thirty years ago in London. An "art exhibit" that consisted of, say, a battered tin can on the end of a piece of tatty string (a real example from a West End Gallery, by the way) and then many closely typed pages of "explanation".
the work of art had either a simplistic even banal meaning (or maybe no meaning) so its importance had to be "explained" in verbose and preferably obscure language. The work of art on its own was a piece of meaningless rubbish.
where did it end up and how did it affect architecture and the notion of social responsibility ? Sit back and watch the Labour Party conference.
I hold to the view that what is needed is a return to common sense, because common sense also involves humanity and a sense of social responsibility. People, like buildings, need to be good neighbours.
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