Sep '06 - May '08
so the pilot episode of fight club went relatively well. That's not saying it couldn't do without some tweaking to the format, but some opening day hitches are to be expected with launching of an event such as this.
Some interesting excerpts from the fight:
chang opens with images of old beijing - "this is the city i grew up in" follows comment with images of beijing today, showing its dead urban space - "now it is a city of object buildings and monuments"
d'hoogue image - "we must end the tyranny of the fabric"
defines fabric as without edge - continues to infinity; as a homogenizer; and as a tool of oppression (tyranny of majority).
question to d'hoogue by kwinter -- "if you define monument as having a contained boundary, and kant describes the sublime as being without boundary, than what is monument's relationship to the sublime?"
which is more dangerous - the symbolic power of monument, or fabric's tyranny of the majority?
the modern discourse of fabric is is nothing but the insistence on a german ideological template - begun by camillo sitte - fabric is not as innocent as you may believe. -- d'hoogue
kwinter's question - what is salience with regard to its urban implications?
chang - "fabric contains life."
d'hoogue puts forth a concept of "appropriating monuments"
d'hoogue - "a building is not a tree" (in response to an audience comment that forests are fabrics of monuments - therefore cities could be as well)
i didn't have much else written and i didn't have the time to write this stuff up right after the fight, but i'll do better next time.
we weren't able to get this fight on tape, but we're planning on getting the next fight recorded and available on youtube.
fight club was intended to be a way to give impromptu hallway debates and studio discussions a public stage to get people to stand their ground on positions they felt strongly about. here's hoping this is a tradition around MIT that keeps going.
and also it gives me opportunities to splice professors' heads on celebrity bodies. don't want to forget the important things.