Flexibility and habitability. The look of contemporary art

Article by Xavier González published in a+t 13 Housing and Flexibility II

May 31, 2016

Flexibility and habitability. The look of contemporary art

Alteration to a Suburban House, 1978. Dan Graham. Ediciones Polígrafa. Barcelona. 1998

"In reality, the dual nature of man is hidden behind the semantic struggle concerning the origin of the house of Adam: on the one hand, his sedentary side, atracted by what is permanent and stable and on the other, the nomad, fascinated by the idea of movement and migration. The resolution of this dichotomy is to be found among the current preoccupations of architects, centred upon the subject of flexibility. This may be the way to discover, with excitement, the repressed nomad which sleeps in each sedentary being, or a way of reviving, by means of an internal nomadic process, Adam’s wanderings after being expelled from paradise, to discover, with the original sin, the pleasure of drifting. As a contribution to the debate on flexibility, it would seem interesting to complete this with an analysis of some contemporary artists, who in their own way and with total liberty, have approached the subject of mobility and inhabiting spaces..."

Text extracted from the article "Flexibility and habitability. The look of contemporary art" by Xavier González, published in a+t 13 Housing and Flexibility II.

The article is available in pdf here or in digital version (online read of the complete publication from a+t website):

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