Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 9/2

I’ve got a few minutes to kill before the first meeting of my class on Soviet cinema, so today’s Quotes of quotes of… will be brief yet appropriate. As I mentioned on Monday, the theories of montage developed by Eisenstein, Kuleshov and Co. had implications beyond cinema; their ideas regarding the primacy of juxtaposition in composition and perception found their way into a diverse array of fields of inquiry, particularly in the case of architectural theory. Today’s quote comes from Swiss architect/theorist Bernard Tschumi, whose essay “Sequences” (contained in the first issue of a theoretical journal published in 1983 by Princeton’s architectural school, a journal that [full disclosure] my mother helped found) draws upon montage theory to argue that we experience buildings much the same way as we do films. Any pithy exegesis is going to have to wait, or I’m going to be late for class.

All sequences are cumulative. Their “frames” derive significance from juxtaposition. They establish memory—of the preceding frame, of the course of events. To experience and to follow an architectural sequence is to reflect upon events in order to place them into successive wholes. The simplest sequence is always more than a configuration-en-suite, even if there is no need to specify the nature of each episode. (Bernard Tschumi, “Sequences”)

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