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Title: Architecture for the masses or the obscene subject of enjoyment
Author: Proto, Francesco
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 5277
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis investigates western subjectivity from the point of view of the object; particularly, the art object, i.e. the 'ready-made', as developing from the modem art of the historical avant-guards to postmodern architecture. I attempt not only to highlight how, according to Baudrillard's notion of obscenity, this object is more and more de-materilized into the image or, better, the 'sign', but to show how this de-materialization takes place in the realm of the subject's phenomenological apprehension of the world. In so doing, it mirrors a condition of increasing dematerialization of western identity or, as Michaud would say, of 'vaporization' into and through the image. The image becomes then the only viable means through which such an identity is substantiated. In this respect, this thesis can be seen to present contemporary architecture as the supreme medium of visual culture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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