The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond
by de Zegher, Catherine, and Mark Wigley, eds.
New York/Cambridge: The Drawing Center / The MIT Press. Near Fine. (c.2001). First Edition. Hardcover. 0-262-04191-X . (pictorial paper-covered boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [minor wear at corners, slight bumping to top corners, tiny surface-scrape mark at upper left of front cover]. (B&W and color photographs, facsimiles) A collection of essays exploring the conception and influence of Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys's "New Babylon" a visionary architectural project developed between 1956 and 1974. Per the publisher's press release (laid in), New Babylon was "an urban and architectural model that literally envisaged the World Wide Web. [Its] inhabitants . . . drift through huge labyrinthine interiors, perpetually reconstructing every aspect of the environment according to their latest desires." The essays in this volume, which also includes an interview with the artist himself, "explore the relevance of Constant's utopian work to that of his peers in the Situationist International and experimental architectureal movements of the 1960s, as well as later generations of architects and artists. They use Constant's revolutionary project as a springboard to reconsider the role of drawing in an electronic age." . (Inventory #: 22385)
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