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Deconstruction Omnibus Volume Deconstruction is One of the Most Talked about New Developments in art and architecture today. Neither a movement nor a fully–fledged style, Deconstruction is a major cultural phenomenon that is both a philosophical idiom and a critical methodology, and most recently the basis of an architectural aesthetic. Derived from the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, Deconstruction is characterised by an essential distrust of the authenticity of apparent meaning and form and the traditional distinction between the two. Beginning with an investigation into the roots and sources of Deconstruction, this pioneer volume brings together Deconstructionist writings and projects from America, Britain, Europe and Japan. This omnibus volume, in addition to several specially commissioned articles, draws on issues of Architectural Design and Art & Design magazines as well as the proceedings of an international symposium at the Tate Gallery in London including an exclusive interview with Derrida himself. Four sections covering Constructivist Origins, Theory and Philosophy, and Deconstruction in Art and Architecture, edited by Andreas Papadakis, Andrew Benjamin and Catherine Cooke, present the work of the major writers, critics and practitioners of Deconstruction. These include Christopher Norris, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, OMA, Morphosis, Coop Himelblau, Charles Jencks, Hiromi Fujii, Geoff Bennington, Mark Wigley, Valerio Adami and many others. This book – the first to attempt to locate and define Deconstruction in architecture and the visual arts – explores the subject from a variety of viewpoints, some of which by their nature are experimental or speculative. As such it will prove an invaluable reader and source book for anyone interested in the subject. 264 pages, over 300 illustrations mostly in colour
About the Author
Andreas Papadakis is the Editor of Architectural Design and Art & Design magazines and has organised a number of pioneering international symposia including Deconstruction in Art and Architecture at the Tate Gallery. He has commissioned many influential publications on the theory and practice of art and architecture, and has edited the forthcoming volume The Architecture of Pluralism. Catherine Cooke is a distinguished architectural historian and critic. She is well known for her research and publications on Russian and Soviet architecture, and lectures internationally. Andrew Benjamin is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and editor of the quarterly Journal of Philosophy & the Visual Arts. He is also the author of a book on the subject of translation entitled Translation and the Nature of Philosophy: a New Theory of Words.