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Architectural Review_AR 125 /

Clifton Hill House in Architectural Review - AR125/ June 2012 - reviewed by Paul Carter and titled "Creative Archaeology". The article extrapolates the subliminal and cryptic ideas behind the work within the context of the notion of "identifications"- the desire for dreamed dwellings as well as spaces choreographed for everyday comfort. Carter writes: "The result is a creative assemblage, a new house where typologies (family histories, architectural anatomies and the palimpsesticfuture visions of recurrent dreams) are crafted into drawings, arrangements of walls – where windows, recover their association with privilege, emancipation and epiphany – and volumes, that transform what was ruined into the precious scaffolding of unfolding futures. The Clifton Hill House is a revelation because it insists on the role the enigmatic plays in feeling at home: there is always something beyond and it is in the house." Download full article here

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The Spatial Arts: An interview with Jacques Derrida /

Peter Brunette & David Wills interview Derrida in 1990 in America. He talks about great work as consisting of it's ability to resist "philosophical authority" and it's emancipation from the hegemony and authority of philosophical discourse. In other words that which makes the work unplaceable, enabling it to escape the space of certainty.The idea being that if the work is only there to fill a hole- that is, it meets historical, ideological and technical requirements- then there is no work (of art presumably). If there is work, it is because that even when all conditions of analysis have been met, something else still happens. If the same thing is being recognized then it would be a stillborn, dead from the start, and nothing has happened. It needs to transform, to move elsewhere for something to have happened. You can download the full interview here.

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