A Natural History of the Unbuilt

David Haughey

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If the city has become the definitive art form of our present, with its structures determining physical movement through positionality; by what methods might these seemingly fixed spatiotemporal terms be rewritten? This photo- essay explores how - using the material conventions of both painting and photography - fissures may be cast in the forms, discourses and increasingly unidirectional relationships imposed by the global city. Decidedly intertextual, this essay draws from the esoteric writing of Pierre Klossowski, a disputed 18th Century painting, and the magic realism of Césare Aira in which the spectres of an unbuilt Buenos Aires have a tangible effect on the lives of its inhabitants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalIntersections (Postgraduate Journal - Arts , Humanities , Social Sciences)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Jul 2020


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