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Catching glimpses : the fragment-anthology as a strategy for architectural research

Delso Gutierrez, Rodrigo ; Kärrholm, Mattias LU and Prieto De La Fuente, Paulina LU (2018) Critic|all Conference III. p.74-81
Abstract
The weaving together of fragments under the heading of a “weak” theme has a long tradition in research. The strategy has, however, not been so popular after the 19th century, even though advocates of a more modern fragmentology can be found, e.g. in Walter Benjamin. For Benjamin, the artefacts truly showed themselves only when the context had disappeared or been forgotten. In this article we would argue that, for the investigations of marginal aspects within architecture, the research strategy of collecting fragments could be especially promising. They belong to the strategies of “weak thought” that, as Vattimo proposes, have the strength of the debilitated through the use of tangential and transversal sources instead of fostering the... (More)
The weaving together of fragments under the heading of a “weak” theme has a long tradition in research. The strategy has, however, not been so popular after the 19th century, even though advocates of a more modern fragmentology can be found, e.g. in Walter Benjamin. For Benjamin, the artefacts truly showed themselves only when the context had disappeared or been forgotten. In this article we would argue that, for the investigations of marginal aspects within architecture, the research strategy of collecting fragments could be especially promising. They belong to the strategies of “weak thought” that, as Vattimo proposes, have the strength of the debilitated through the use of tangential and transversal sources instead of fostering the authoritative and the dominant. Starting with a critical analysis of classical anthologies through the notion of the “title”, we proceed to present a series of intellectuals that have developed alternative methods to do their own researches and explorations of reality with fragments. Afterwards, we study the possibilities and risks that fragments pose when doing research, as well as, developing an inventory of strategies for working with fragments. Ultimately, we formulate how fragments, brought together as “fragment-anthologies”, could be used as a specific research technique. (Less)
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MAdrid, Spain
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2018-04-26 - 2018-04-27
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  author       = {Delso Gutierrez, Rodrigo and Kärrholm, Mattias and Prieto De La Fuente, Paulina},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  pages        = {74--81},
  title        = {Catching glimpses : the fragment-anthology as a strategy for architectural research},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/files/49046300/DigitalProceedings_Criticlall_III_mod01.pdf},
  year         = {2018},
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