29 December

1818 death of Jacques Gondouin
1853 death of Louis Tullius Joachim Visconti

Patriarchs of Time
1994.12.29     4403

symbolism of the Porticus Neronianae
1997.12.29     e2557 e2822 e2886 e2917 e3078a

program of the Area Martis
1997.12.29     e2545 e2554 e2557 e2706 e2965 e3044

imaginations
1998.12.29     4401b 4402b 4413 4706

Re: reenactment
1999.12.29 16:26     4555 5128

breakfasts with Winka
1999.12.29 16:27    

Sontag died on Dienstag
2004.12.29 11:18     3953

Ridgeway House
2006.12.29 13:17     6200q u6285

Ury House
2006.12.29     u6286

an architecture of memory lane
2012.12.29 12:55     3300x 3727h

In the future, everything will be a museum.
2012.12.29 17:33     3300x 3600d
2012.12.29 18:55     3300y

29 December
2013.12.28 21:51     e2527g 3307f 3307g

How a mobile home community created a co-op and bought its own land
2016.12.29 11:13     3315

1999.12.29 16:26
Re: reenactment

BC: I am wondering if you've encountered Baudrillard's ideas of simulcra and simulation in relation to reenactment. I am wondering how they are similiar/different/parallel ideas.

SL: As it happens, I purchased and started reading Baudrillard's Simulation and Simulacra just over a week before I went to Brussels (i.e., mid-November). I was prompted to do this when (in early November) I started reading Neil Leach's The Anaesthetics of Architecture, where, in the introduction Leach writes a good bit about Baudrillard's sim-sim ideas. I right away saw the similarities to what I'm formulating regarding reenactment, and thus sought out Baudrillard's book.

I've only read the first three essays of Simulation and Simulacra, and that's now over a month ago. Of the three essays, only the first relates reasonably to reenactment; the other two essays reminded me of Barthes' Mythologies. I have to finish the book, as well as give it a more careful analysis. So, your wondering about "similar/different/parallel ideas" is right on target, and that is precisely what I intend to investigate.

The excerpt you supplied from the online source is very useful, particularly the passage:

So it is with simulation, insofar as it is opposed to representation. The latter starts from the principle that the sign and the real are equivalent (even if this equivalence is utopian, it is a fundamental axiom). Conversely, simulation starts from the utopia of this principle of equivalence, from the radical negation of the sign as value, from the sign as reversion and death sentence of every reference. Whereas representation tries to absorb simulation by interpreting it as false representation, simulation envelops the edifice of representation a itself a simulacrum. This would be the successive phases of the image:

* it is the reflection of a basic reality.
* it masks and perverts a basic reality.
* it masks the absence of a basic reality.
* it bears no relation to any reality whatever: it is its own pure simulacrum.

If I may be so bold, I'd say that the notion of reenactment is indeed missing form the above set of 'simulation', 'representation', 'sign', and 'simulacra', that is, even though what Baudrillard says here is succinct and 'correct', it might just be nonetheless incomplete because reenactment is a continuation, an ongoing affirmation of specific past 'realities'. There is more than a mere thin distinction between 'reflection' and 'ongoing affirmation' or 'continuation'. The core issue for reenactment may be the distinction between enactment and a subsequent(ly necessary by definition) reenactment. Is it correct to say that, for example, Beethoven's actual composing of a symphony is the enactment of the symphony, and hence every performance of the symphony (even the first performance and regardless of the interpretive differences of the rest) is a reenactment? As I said here about a month ago, reenactment involves a play with degrees of separation, specifically degrees of separation from the original enactment, and what Baudrillard does above is essentially map out degrees of separation in the mostly negative extreme.

So far, for me at least, the notion of reenactment (especially with regard to architecture and design and the built environment in general), helps raise significant questions, the answers to which may define what reenactment is or what reenactment is not.

Is Disney's Magic Kingdom really a reenactment of the Garden of Eden (including the unavoidable temptation of capitalism) with some very carefully designed degrees of separation? Is Las Vegas really a reenactment of all that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil had/has to offer? And yes, is New Urbanism really a reenactment of the American Dream?



97122901   ICM geometric analysis   2110i26

1998.12.19
imaginations
The imagination of frequency surpasses all other modes of the imagination.
The electromagnetic imagination is the most illuminating and clear.
The osmotic imagination endeavors to find all things equal.
The metabolic imagination simultaneously creates while it destroys.
The assimilating imagination is extremely absorbent of data.
The fertile imagination is the most reproductive.

08122901 Ichnographia Campus Martius scanned plans


15122901   Working Title Museum 005 site plan IQMC   2379i03c   d
15122902   Working Title Museum 005 model site plan IQMC   2370i03   b



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