Productive Universals--Specific Situations - Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism

Author(s): Anne Kockelkorn Editor et al

theory and history | Sternberg Press

In today’s increasingly digitalized and neoliberal societies, debates on universals and specifics have gained new momentum. This volume situates the contemporary return to universal claims and concepts in the fields of art, architecture, and urbanism, and highlights the interrelation of the specific and the universal in diverse historical situations from the nineteenth century to the present. The collection’s essays thus venture an epistemic shift of the concept of universality: from essence to modality, from the abstract and static to the performative and productive. “Are we ready again to ask universal questions? The editors and authors of this timely and refreshing volume say emphatically: Yes! But do not fear the old specter of transcendence. Each essay is packed with particulars, in a running dialogue about the specific conditions under which universals appear, and about their performative effects. Each asks: What is a universal, and what does it do? For whom, how, and why? And each responds with new critical scholarship in architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts, refashioned here as a highly particular science of universality.” Reinhold Martin, Columbia GSAPP, New York


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  • : 9783956793011
  • : Sternberg Press
  • : Sternberg Press
  • : May 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anne Kockelkorn Editor et al
  • : Paperback
  • : 448