Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Qualitative Modernity

Modernity is a qualitative category, not a chronological one” 
Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia, 1951

Karl Moser - Saint Anthony Church - Basel - 1927 
Picture by Carl Nalls

Renwick Battery Gunhouse Loophole
picture by Peter Nencini 2011 ?

Josef Albers - To Monte Alban - Graphic Tectonic serie - 1942

“No epoch has existed that did not feel itself, in the most eccentric sense, to be ‘modern’ and consider itself to be standing immediately before an abyss. The despairing, wide-awake consciousness, standing immersed in decisive crisis, is chronic in humanity. Every period appears to itself as unavoidably new. Every period appear to itself as unavoidably new. This ‘modernity’, however, is precisely that which is diverse just like the diverse aspects of and the same kaleidoscope.”
Walter Benjamin, The Arcade Project, 1940