Note from Nettie: If you don't know anything about Tatlin's Tower, check it out on Wikipedia: "Tatlin's Tower was a grand monumental building envisioned and blueprinted by the Russian artist and architect Vladmir Tatlin, but never built." It is one SUPER looking work, designed to be built from iron, glass and steel and would have dwarfed the Eiffel tower In this small tome from Svetlana Boym, she provides a richly imaginative exploration of the legacy of Tatlin's Tower, one of the iconic works of Russian Constructivism, from its original reception in the early 1920s to its ongoing reinterpreation by Soviet and international artists and architects over the course of the 20th C and beyond. Offers an alternative history of modernist culture that crosses boundaries between architecture, technology, history, and aesthetics and should appeal to a sophisticated readership. Includes illustrations of Tatlin's work and its historical conext, and of recent works by a variety of artists including Ilya Kabokov, Komar and Melamid, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Jane and Louise Wilson.
A part of the FORuM Project Publication series published in association with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.
Svetlana Boym is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Her interests include twentieth-century Russian literature (poetry, essay, autobiographical fiction), film and contemporary art, cultural studies, comparative literature, the literature of exile, literary theory, Soviet and post- Soviet culture, and East European expatriate writing. She is also a media artist and curator. Among the major themes of her work are memory and nostalgia, political and artistic freedom. Her publications include The Future of Nostalgia (2001), Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia (1994), and Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet (1991).
4 Architecture of Adventure and the Off-Modern; 8 Tatlin s Techne and Revolutionary Ruins; 15 Architecture of Estrangement and the Curve of Freedom; 22 Architecture of Suspension and Project-Poetics; 28 Installation-Architecture and Contemporary Ruinophilia; 38 Notes; 41 Illustrations; 73 An Off-Modern Manifesto.