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Watered down modernity. Iconoclastic fluids in Alexander Apóstol’s archival mediations


Blackmore, Lisa Marie; Apóstol, Alexander (2014). Watered down modernity. Iconoclastic fluids in Alexander Apóstol’s archival mediations. London: s.n..

Abstract

Since 2000, Alexander Apóstol has used photography, video and digital interventions to interrogate the legacy of modernist architecture in Venezuela. This interview examines the strategic leitmotif of water in two key works —Fontainebleau and El Helicoide (see above)— to consider its anarchival deployment as an iconoclastic or cannibalistic force, whose monumental fluidity and inexorable temporality signal a critical “watering down” of the scenographies of modernization promoted by the military governments of the mid-twentieth century. The dialogue unpacks the specific concept of anarchival destruction while also serving as a platform for broader considerations of how the archive is mobilised as a mechanism for stimulating memory and commemoration of the 1950s in Venezuela.

Abstract

Since 2000, Alexander Apóstol has used photography, video and digital interventions to interrogate the legacy of modernist architecture in Venezuela. This interview examines the strategic leitmotif of water in two key works —Fontainebleau and El Helicoide (see above)— to consider its anarchival deployment as an iconoclastic or cannibalistic force, whose monumental fluidity and inexorable temporality signal a critical “watering down” of the scenographies of modernization promoted by the military governments of the mid-twentieth century. The dialogue unpacks the specific concept of anarchival destruction while also serving as a platform for broader considerations of how the archive is mobilised as a mechanism for stimulating memory and commemoration of the 1950s in Venezuela.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:19 Dec 2014 11:22
Last Modified:06 Apr 2017 21:20
Publisher:s.n.
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.mnemoscape.org/#!single-post/c1sp5/A5A8C4C5-0F96-4EEA-9D51-BDBC4C31726E
Related URLs:http://www.mnemoscape.org (Publisher)

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