...subtle ingenuity and sheer exuberance
Jonathan Meades, New Statesman
...freewheeling, spinning out ideas, theories and evaluations that may have their origin in the stony core of the built environment, but which spread to encompass most other aesthetic realms as well.
Will Self, London Review of Books
This book is a defence of Modernism against its defenders. In readings of modern design, film, pop and especially architecture, it attempts to reclaim a revolutionary modernism against its absorption into the heritage industry and the aesthetics of the luxury flat. Militant Modernism features new readings of some familiar names - Bertolt Brecht, Le Corbusier - but more on the lesser known, quotidian modernists of the 20th century. The chapters range from a study of industrial and brutalist aesthetics in Britain, Russian Constructivism in architecture, the Sexpol of Wilhelm Reich in film and design, and the alienation effects of Brecht and Hanns Eisler on record and on screen - all arguing for a Modernism of everyday life, immersed in questions of socialism, sexual politics and technology.
With svelte prose, agile wit, and alarming erudition, Owen Hatherley pries open the prematurely closed case of early 20th Century modernism.
Simon Reynolds, Author of Rip It Up and Start Again - Postpunk 1978-84
Brecht meeting Ballard to create the science-fiction of socialism.
Benjamin Noys, Author of The Culture of Death
An aesthetics of the economy for the twenty-first century.
Examining the recent changes in the labour of an artist and addressing them from the perspective of performance.
A scintillating critical survey of the "cold worlds" of Romantic poetry, black metal, teenage angst and terrorism.
This book proposes a theory of architectural failure; a radical way to approach memory and history in the city.
Where now for the secret, the contemplative, the quiet and subterranean in our cities? The question may no longer be what spaces we wish to engage with but when we do.
Can games be art or is all art a kind of game? A philosophical investigation of play and imaginary things.
There is no absolute truth but there is absolutely everything
The book traces the multiple meanings of art to their various sources, and equips the reader to choose between them.
Levinas Unhinged presents philosopher Emmanuel Levinas as a metaphysician racked by the sensuous, and often terrifying, materiality of existence.
Nadir Z. Lahiji
Can architectural discourse rethink itself in terms of a radical emancipatory project? And if so, what would be the contours of such a discourse?