Walking in the city
is to experience
of partial vision/partial
narrative of this walking
is belied by a simultanaiety we
know and yet can not experience. As we
turn the corner,
our object disappears around the next corner. The
sides of the
street conspire against us. The
walkers of the city travel at different speeds. The
experience of a city today is a postmodern
experience. A pastiche of styles and cultures
collectively present themselves to the viewer
as architecture. Postmodernism is not
a style but a cultural dominant: a conception
which allows for the presence and coexistence
of a range of very different, yet subordinate
features. A collection of subordinate features
gives way to a dominant impression. The present
city is made up of everything that precedes it
and looks ahead to the future. The modern experience
is fractured, fractured experience takes advantage
of memory, representation
and perception. Fusing the perceived with the known
dilutes the experience of the unexpected. Can
nothing be a surprise? History begins
a ground level with footsteps...The motions of
walking are spatial creations. They
link sites to one another. Walking through the
city is a walk in history. Moving along designated
paths to specific sites. Each site
has a purpose, a
function. It is a collage of meaning, styles and energy.
The experience of the present represents
the random cannibalization of all styles of the
past. The city. Striving
for an ideal. A simulacrum. Copies based on some
modified ideal continually changing with
technology. Making identical copies for
which no original exists. Copies
of copies. Copies based on memory. Copies
based on new ideas. Copies based on history.
History. History is
the facts. History
is the telling of the facts. History is a representation.
The perceivable present is a pastiche, anchored.
"The history of aesthetic styles have displaced
real history." The alienated city.
Home of many individuals. Moving.
Without a sense of place. Without identity. "The
alienated city is above all a space which
people are unable to map either their own positions or the urban totality
in which they find themselves." Mapping
existence...mapping through time and across space. The
city as a place for historic action and change. The
city speaks to it's inhabitants. People.
People as both the subject and object of knowledge.
Power. Power is not a negative
force. Power is a positive form when
it enables the production of knowledge. The city
as power. The city as architecture. Panopticism.
The panopticon is an architectural construction.
Only the observer remains unseen. Compared
to modern technology. Surveillance is
omnipresent. Hierarchical observation.
The city as representation. The
historic and present function of representation
of and within a city...Historic