PRINT November 1995


ONCE THERE WAS AN “AVANT-GARDE.” It started in Europe, and came to the United States; some say it got “stolen.” But today we need new formations, new geographies, new styles of thinking, different from those of the avant-garde group with its popes and manifestos, even from the more “acephalous” group that attracted Georges Bataille. We need to think of “the city” in new ways, hence of how artists or thinkers fit into it—we need a new urbanism. Perhaps that’s the project Paul Virilio has been pursuing now over many years, through many passages and trajectories, as an author/critic as well as the director of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. It supplies him with perspectives to describe new forces that confront us.

Among these forces are those of the technologies of transport and transmission that have transmogrified the space and time of the city, and, tied up with the military,

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