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ARTH 47.04 Architecture and the Uncanny

Cities all over the world and in different eras have become participants and arenas in creating urban spectacles. Often such activities consist of processions involving masquerades, mobile floats, musicians decked in elaborate attire and playing instruments – commemorating the dead, the living, royalties and politicians; to name a few examples. This course will study how certain case-studies — ranging from New Orleans to Lagos in Southwest Nigeria — demonstrate how architectural facades, urban spaces as well as certain ceremonies activate an uncanny experience, which may even echo Karl Trahndorff’s theory of the Gesamtkuntswerk (“total work of art”).



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Dist:ART; WCult:CI

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  • Fall