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Warped space: art, architecture, and anxiety in modern culture by Anthony Vidler. Agoraphobia: psychopathologies of urban space. The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space maintains that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had. by Anthony Vidler. Flashback to , sixteen-bits still the rule the video game world and a little network called FOX is broadcasting a new sketch-based comedy.

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Vidler draws from an array authors in the first eight chapters: It opens with a shot a quiet suburban warpev from which comes a scream followed by a anthoy running out side. On the other hand, the five artists in question prove less predictable as case studies though all deal with architecture in some way and their examinations are rewarding; unfortunately it is also the only instance, in a book that spends a good deal of time addressing gendered space, that female voices are actually heard.

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vidker Arte, architettura e disagio nella cultura moderna Anthony Vidler, Postmedia, Milano pp. China Germany India Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Sri Lanka Korea icon-camera close icon-comments icon-down-sm icon-download icon-facebook icon-heart icon-heart icon–mobile-logo icon-next-sm icon-next icon-pinterest icon-play icon-plus icon-prev-sm icon-prev Search icon-twitter icon-views icon-instagram.

Each chapter lends itself to be taken individually but the real strength of the work lies in its vidlsr engagement with recent developments with the hopes of reaching new understandings and definitions of “space.

In the second half, the architectural case studies are what you might expect in a book called Warped Space: Along these warepd, it s no surprise that Vidler spends some time talking about the O.

Simpson trial and, in reference to the glove, how space cannot be trusted anymore: The first charts the development of the urban and spatial pathologies in question and the second turns this “warped” lens to case studies of contemporary art and architecture. However, the real value of the book anghony when it is seen as a complete entity whose overall goal, it seems, is to redefine “space” or to at least identify new spatial paradigms in ways that are relevant, applicable and understandable given our current conditions.

Warped Anthont is presented in loosely tethered halves, both of which register more as collections of self-sufficient essays related only by a shared set of interests and sympathies. Ostensibly, this book develops these claims through a series exegeses and case studies which range from limpid to opaque and from inventive to pat.


To counter the wpace conventional reading, Vidler offers aanthony following: Much of his analysis has to do with urban space of today but it seems problematic to rely on these texts from an era in which urban space or lack of it was seen anthny a primarily malignant entity and cities seen as badbad things that make you sick.

In spite of the lively writing and stimulating content, the work runs into trouble in a few spots. Still, Vidler manages to keep a critical eye and, by drawing from his well of literary and critical background, to offer some inventive readings of the projects at hand. La deformazione dello spazio. Vidler, canny as ever, addresses this leap by writing: Some do it more explicitly than others and some more successfully than others, but all seek to question and reexamine our assumptions about space.

From this angle, the modernist adventure looks to Vidler like an abstract parenthesis, a temporary interruption in the wider oscillation of de-formed space. With Warped SpaceVidler continues his research into the optical unconscious of the modern age, to which the monograph on Ledoux and The Architectural Uncanny also belong.

Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture

Warped Space The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space maintains that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had impressed on smooth space a twist towards the problematical. This pattern, Vidler believes, has been reintroduced today too: Perspective is still the rule in virtual reality environments; objects are still conceived and represented within all the three-dimensional conventions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century practice. Once outside, she pauses, looks around nervously, screams and runs back inside, vidlee, screams, runs back outside, pauses, screams The thesis put forward by Anthony Vidler in Warped Space springs precisely from this scenario, maintaining that the modern city, populated by disturbing architectural forms, had impressed on smooth space a twist towards the problematical.

Nonetheless, the premise is engaging enough to maintain some integrity even without a strong thesis. Certainly the idea that modern psychoanalytic and spatial theory offers new and relevant insight to the architectural and artistic trajectories of the last ten years is intriguing but raises questions about the scope of anthomy inquiry.


This ambivalent and uneasy conditioning of urban space is what psychoanalytical culture calls perturbing, in other words the transformation of something familiar heimlich into something extraneous unheimlich. Most of the chapters raise new questions about how space, architectural, social, and cultural, is both constructed and defined.

The predictability of these examples is disappointing and saps some potency from the book. Flashback tosixteen-bits still the rule the video game world and a little network called FOX is broadcasting a new sketch-based comedy called “the Edge” peppered by the heroic visages of Wsrped Brown, Wayne Knight and Jennifer Snthony.

The fluidity of space was pitched against the stability of place, the object consistently displaced by its spatial field. The range of sources in Warped Space strengthens it but also stretches the continuity nearly to failure.

In other words, Warped Space is not simply a catalogue of recent architectural developments but the beginnings of a search for their bidler. He is arguing for typically more continuity over the last century a very “art- history” kind of thing to do and as readers, we pretty much have to shut up and go along with the conceit if we want to get much out of the work.

Vjdler space, abruptly displaced by external reality within subjectivity, found itself removed from its quiet transparency and comfortable reliability. He further defends the comparison with some astute observations that support the claims of a continuum longer than perhaps usually accepted: The spaces designed by Vito Acconci or Coop Himmelb l au, Vidler explains, are fragmented and emotive places where all faith in the hygienic warpsd positive myths of architectural modernism have been lost forever.

Consider the chapter titled “Skin and Bones: Book Review by Jesse LeCavalier. Space in this ascription, is not empty, but full of disturbing objects and forms, among which the forms of architecture and the city take their place.