(Solution) 1908 Adolf Loos: Ornament And Crime Adolfloos (b . L870 In Brno, D.l933 In Vienna) Brought Back With Him To Vienna From His Three-year Stay In The... | Snapessays.com


(Solution) 1908 Adolf Loos: Ornament and crime Adolfloos (b . l870 in Brno, d.l933 in Vienna) brought back with him to Vienna from his three-year stay in the...


#1 The purpose of construction is to make things hold together? of architecture to move us.#2 The modern man uses his clothes as a mask.What do these statements mean?1908

 

Adolf

 

Loos:

 

Ornament and crime

 

Adolfloos (b. l870 in Brno, d.l933 in Vienna) brought back with him to Vienna

 

from his three-year stay in the United States ( 1893-6) a remark of Louis

 

Sullivan's: 'It could only benefit us iffor a time we were to abandon ornament

 

and concentrate entirely on the erection of bui ldings that were

 

finel y

 

shaQed

 

and charming in theirsobri

 

lli'·

 

From th is Loos developed hisp

 

dical aesthetic purism, which made him a

 

zealous foe of Art Nouveau and the German Werkbund: 'The German

 

Werkbund has set out to discover the style of our age. This is unnecessary

 

labour. We already have t he style of our age.'

 

The human embryo in the womb passes through all the evolutionary stages

 

of

 

the animal kingdom. When man

 

is

 

born, his sensory impre

 

ssi

 

ons are

 

like those

 

of

 

a newborn puppy. His childhood takes him through all the

 

metamorphoses

 

of

 

human history. At 2 he sees with the eyes

 

of

 

a Papuan, at 4

 

with those

 

of

 

an ancient Teuton, at 6 with those

 

of

 

Socrates, at 8 with those

 

of Voltaire. When he

 

is

 

8 he becomes aware

 

of

 

violet, the colour

 

di

 

scovered

 

by the eighteenth century, because before that the violet was blue and the

 

purple-snail red. The physicist points today to colours in the solar spectrum

 

which already have a name but the knowledge

 

of

 

which

 

is

 

reserved for the

 

men

 

of

 

the future.

 

The child

 

is

 

amoral. To our eyes, the Papuan is too. The Papuan kills his

 

enemies and eats them. He

 

is

 

not a criminal. But when modern man kills

 

someone and eats him he

 

is

 

either a criminal or a degenerate. The Papuan

 

tattoos his skin, his boat, his paddles, in short everything he can lay hands on.

 

He is

 

not

 

a criminal. The modern man who tattoos himself is either a criminal

 

or

 

a degenerate. There are prisons in which eighty per cent

 

of

 

the inmates

 

show tattoos. The tattooed who are not in prison are latent criminals

 

or

 

degenerate aristocrats.

 

If

 

someone who

 

is

 

tattooed dies at liberty, it means he

 

has died a

 

few

 

years before committing a murder.

 

The urge to ornament one's face and everything within reach is the start

 

of

 

plastic art.

 

It

 

is

 

the baby talk

 

of

 

painting. All art is erotic.

 

The first ornament

 

that

 

was born, the cross, was erotic in origin. The first

 

work

 

of

 

art, the first artistic act which the first artist, in order to rid himself

 

of

 

his surplus energy, smeared on the wall. A horizontal das

 

h:

 

the prone woman.

 

A vertical dash: the

 

man

 

penetrating her. The

 

man

 

who created it felt the

 

same urge as Beethoven, he was in the same heaven in which Beethoven

 

created the

 

Ninth Symphony.

 

But the man

 

of

 

our

 

day who, in res

 

ponse

 

to

 

an

 

inner urge, smears the walls

 

with erotic symbols is a criminal

 

or

 

a degenerate.

 

It

 

goes without saying that

 

this impulse most frequently assails people with such symptoms

 

of

 

degeneracy

 

in the lavatory. A country's culture c

 

an

 

be assessed by the extent to which its

 

lavatory walls are smeared.

 

In

 

the child this

 

is

 

a natural phenomenon: his

 

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