Ballet Mécanique (1924)

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Unfortunately, it appears that all of the higher quality versions of Ballet Mécanique have been removed from YouTube due to copyright violations. There is a version below that is uncropped (as the version we watched in class was) and, sadly, in two parts. They may also force you to watch a commercial before you can […]

This Brutal Life:Links, Images, Videos on Brutalism

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Image: Freeway Park , Seattle, Lawrence Halprin, 1976 (Photo by Evan Chakroff, Flickr) Here are some links, images and videos on Brutalism. Fuck Yeah Brutalism tumblr Concrete Britain/St. Peter’s Seminary (filmed before and after, side by side). This building was completed in 1966. It was abandoned in 1989. It was only used for 23 years before […]

Modern Failure

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The Fall 2014 version of my Modern Revolution course came out of the work of my dissertation, Broken: Thought-Images of Life in the State of Exception. The third chapter of that work, “Failure,” sketched out the outlines of a theory of modern failure. What can it mean to think modernism as failure? While it certainly […]