ON GHOST

This is a recording.  It has been since Georges Mèliés first broadcast of “A Trip to the Moon” in 1902 until contemporary brain-computer interfaces, tipping our means of making copies in, and of the world, over our ability to do so with no means whatsoever.  Memories and impressions move from our mind’s eye to the inner retina;  we become hooked on media and pathologically forgetful.The possible course of our reality freezes through, and into, the definite track of its representation: art becomes overexposed and demystified: images grow into hyper-defined data.  Architecture dematerializes;  identity is digital;  androids dream of electric sheep;  and the Mèliés spaceship ends up in the eye of the Man on the Moon.

This seminar observes the aforementioned course through 16 narratives (I) and 16 essays (II); it tests it on 16 images and spaces (III); and, in the process, discovers a series of strange recording devices producing Ghost Images that haunt our natural and digital memories, disturb contemporary forms, media and methods of representation and restore to things, against simulation, some of their long-lost Aura.

(I) The Garden of Forking Paths, Wild Strawberries, The Invention of Morel, Last Year in Marienbad,  A Trip to the Moon, The Picture of Dorian Gray, In Praise of Shadows, Neuromancer, La Jetée, V, Videodrome, Blade Runner, Ringu, The Matrix, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, etc.

(II) By Aristotle, H.Adams, W.Benjamin, S.Eisenstein, G.Debord, M.Foucault, J.Baudrillard, F.Jameson, M.McLuhan, P.Virilio, W.Mitchell, S.Zizek, J.Corner, M.Wigley, S.Kwinter, B.Colomina, etc.

(III) By B.Viola, S.Brakhage, G.Richter, O.Eliasson, Diller&Scofidio, SANAA, Tetsuo Kondo, Radiohead, Georges Apergis, Y.Obuchi, U.Barth, Aranda & Lasch, Smout Allen, J.Harris, etc.

Class announcement, from 7MK421 – Special Topics in Architectural Theory: On Ghost Images, taught at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece in the Fall semesters of 2010, 11 and 12.