The aesthetics of virtual futures: Superstudio 1969-1971


As the world, politically, swings from being very close to a complete neo-marxist left to the right, inevitably design and engineering concepts (structure) will also swing within the political spectrum.  Living in an over bloated left-wing/socialist dynamic, it is without doubt art, buildings and most creative concepts have become stale, banal and tedious.  The backlash will be significant.  Creating art, design and materializing ideas is painful, a laborious journey, that is rife with failure.  To be great, to be significant and to be relevant has to be earned and it takes time, the exhaustion at the end, if you make it that far and survive – will be rewarding.   Looking at the past for ideas is fine, as long as you don’t plagiarize and pay too much homage to what is dead.  The now is more important than the past and future, as the future does not exist.  The timing of reality and the progression that you make within this moment is all that counts.  Still, one ponders about past possibilities and future conquests.

Superstudio: Italy 1969-1971 conceptual designers backlash against modernism architecture (socialist inspired structures: brutalism).  Re-establish and/or develop the avant garde idealism of structural design.

…if design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities…until all design activities are aimed towards meeting primary needs. Until then, design must disappear. We can live without architecture…” Adolfo Natalin Superstudio





(All images are credited only to the original creators.   Copies that appear on this post are of the public domain and have been re-posted and recopied countless times within the internet.)

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