What is iconic architecture?

Brott, Simone (2016) What is iconic architecture? In Goad, Phillip & Brennan, AnnMarie (Eds.) Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Volume 33, SAHANZ, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 92-101.

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For Adorno writing in 1953, Hollywood cinema was a medium of “regression,” based on infantile wish fulfillment, manufactured by the industrial repetition of the filmic image that he called a modern “hieroglyphics”—like the picture-language of Ancient Egypt, which guaranteed immortality after death. In Prolog zum Fernsehen, Bildersprache, the filmic “language of images,” visualised forbidden ideations of sex, death and domination in the unconscious of the mass spectator. Film takes the spectator on a journey into his unconscious in order to control him from within. It works, as the spectator believes the film is speaking to him in his very own image-language (the unconscious), making him do and buy whatever capitalism demands. Modernity for Adorno is precisely the instrumentalisation of the collective unconscious through the mediatic images of the culture industry...

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ID Code: 97910
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Iconic architecture, Capitalism, Marx, Adorno, Modernity, Modern Architecture
ISBN: 978-0-7340-5265-0
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2016 23:03
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 01:19

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