Did folks from ancient times worry about the authenticity of their artifacts?
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: MECHANIZATION AND RULING TASTE
The Beginnings of Ruling Taste: Empire Style
Napoleon and the Devaluation of Symbols
The Founders of Empire Style: Percier and Fontaine
What Happens in Empire Style?
THE DEVALUATION OF SYMBOLS
FURNITURE BECOMES DOMINANT
The Mechanization of Adornment
Substitute Materials and Imitation Handicraft 1820-50
Against Misuse of Mechanization: The English Reformers of 1850
HENRY COLE’S JOURNAL OF DESIGN, 1849-52
THE MECHANIZATION OF ADORNMENT AND THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF 1851
THE SEARCH FOR BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
STANDARD OBJECTS AS MODELS
LIMITATIONS OF THE REFORM
PURISM AND STANDARD OBJECTS AS MODELS
SURREALISM AND MECHANIZED ADORNMENT
The Reign of the Upholsterer
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What Happens to Man’s Surroundings in the Nineteenth Century?
* * * Such is the demonic side of nineteenth century, ever scented behind the banal forms. . . . . . . the millstream debacle in Rosmersholm, Oswald’s madness in Ghosts. There, as here, it is the nineteenth century, never finding the way to its true self, devaluating symbols without shaping new ones. –in S. Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command: a contribution to anonymous history, Oxford 1948
@Stuart Filler, Your post has an oddly familiar oratory rhythm.
I think I will be serving sangria out of canopic jars at my next party.
Does this explain why people insist on wanting a rangefinder camera with live view?
I’d be surprised that Cat knows what intestines taste like… but, given that he eats paint, nothing really surprises me.
It probably is more like knowing what soap tastes like. I’ve never put soap in my mouth (or had it put there), but I know what it tastes like. Which is what it smells like. Only worse.
Soap is yummy.
@Stuart Filler – Navel Gazing is as old as time. The same thing was said to Ogg when he started using flint heads on his spear instead of just burning the end and grinding it on a rock. There’s always someone with too much time on their hands to contemplate this stuff. And we probably can blame alcohol somewhere in the equation as the source of both philosophy and technology. As in hey, watch me do this…