Friday, 26 August 2011

Heritage, architecture, modernity

The monument to the memory refrigerated visit today. It stimulates an organic memory made ​​the plural of evidence and individual testimonies. His monument is rooted in reality, because they are the living and the dead can not guarantee the future. Today visit the monument to the memory the way, questioning, doubtful, fragile, uncertain, punctilious.
He urged the public to an awareness that accompanies creation. It reactivates the past by imitating each of us to dig its roots as we check references, not as certainties are stacked.
Thus, the contemporary work incorporates she immediately heritage that it no longer intended to sanctify. Monuments of Jochen Gerz in Hamburg against racism (1993-1996) nothing to do, but to speculate.
In Saarbrücken, Parliament Square is paved with more than 2000 stones which the hidden named cemeteries in Germany before 1933. In this place, seemingly unchanged, but renamed "Place du Monument invisible", it no longer works at the same pace leisurely.
Just the desire to help the artist "to go his way so that museums do not close, like the beautiful tombs of projects.

Excerpts from the book by Jean-Yves Andrieux, "Heritage and History" in Belin.

In this section I will say that heritage and modernity, are well represented in works like this , first because it reflects an ingenious part is related to the thought and the first directive of the building. Nevertheless, contemporary architecture is not just the works of Jochen Gerz even if it conveys a keen interest and excitement to acts of the past, it also plans to each building that we know, we see here in France, there abroad, but it is true that such "use and function" of the architecture is more intelligent I would say.

My thoughts after reading the excerpt from the section "Memory and artistic creation" in Chapter 2:

The phrase, "the burden of emotions, in principle contained in the monument, should preserve the amateur strange feeling to feel out the place visited, along with hearing a pious contemplation"
The current sense that everyone can draw all around him in his daily life. The amateur must be one with the building, with its style, its grandeur, its beauty, how would we feel when abroad, dominated by such a mass, body, spirit and the living read, decipher value, s 'exalt when he feels the beauty around him, questions, etc. ....

For example, the interrogative word may raise the question what will be in a situation like ours, the future of our neighbors, our land, our life, it can also raise issues that are relevant to the messages that pass through this monument (that of Jochen Gertz). If you look at the building side itself, or existing buildings, one wonders what the purpose of "architectural works" and the buildings of tomorrow.

In the word fragile without that it touches on a historical side of the work or the work itself Jochen Gertz, but it is more akin to the architecture of its past, compared to solid and rough buildings, buildings that have seen the day after the war, this fragility is due on the one hand, the multiplicity of building materials that tend to mutate, grow and improve even more over time to a more open the world, in our daily environment. It's a richer vision of architecture, also due to the current context is more favorable, the costs of course, another architectural look, but also a certain approach to the building that no longer reflects the same way, the size of a country, a corporation, an owner. As to build good for everyone, from the ornament and sculpture is secondary to the forms and gives way, the juxtaposition of materials, the development of the building causing the crowd to form, color variations. ... This openness, combined with modern construction techniques, modern tools, evolution and diversity of materials used, as well as to learn more and more increasing, enabled architecture, architects to come and flirt with her sister, Gothic architecture, which, together with years past, was able to able to show us its beauty, its virtues.

Patrick Baud, président de l'association "Un chemin historique et Touristique en Ile-de-France"

Among all this there is also the question, are we in terms of being able to offer our fellow habitat worthy of comfort and sense of reason?

Web site de Jochen Gertz:

On wikipédia:

His two works that are related to the fascism:

Description of works:

 Bouygues enterprise:

The world's greatest achievements of Bouygues construction:

The construction of Vinci group

Old postcards of paris showing new art

The friends of Park of Saint-Cloud, les amis du parc de saint-cloud:

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