ARQ Docs | Joan Ockman
Architecture in a Mode of Distraction:
on Jacques Tati’s Playtime | An Orchid in the Land of Technology
(April 2023)

Joan Ockman
Softcover
12 x 17 cm | 171 pp.
Spanish / English

ISBN: 978-956-6204-04-6

“Today, however, in a world in which distraction and attention continue their rivalry with intensifying ferocity, Playtime remains an indispensable vehicle for probing their dynamics. Through the extended analogy that Jacques Tati elaborates between architecture and cinema, the film brilliantly probes the impact of the post-urban city on the human psyche.” [from Architecture in a Mode of Distraction]

“...the artfully choreographed photographs of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen [...] are evidence that Arne Jacobsen’s building for the Scandinavian Airline System was an exquisite exemplar of late-modern architecture in its day. I am going to make the case that it was also its swan song. [...] At SAS, transparency and total design reached a late- modernist culmination. Nor do the previous descriptions adequately capture the hotel’s finely calibrated and modulated interrelationships of materialism and immateriality, rationalism and surreality, naturalism and artificiality. Liminal would be a better word.” [from An Orchid in the Land of Technology]


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Revista ARQ recibe el apoyo del Fondo de Publicaciones Periódicas de la Vicerrectoría de Investigación de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile a través del Fondo de Publicaciones de Revistas Científicas | © 1980-2022 Ediciones ARQ | Todos los derechos reservados ︎