Les Objets singuliers: Architecture et philosophie

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Qu'est-ce qu'un objet singulier ? Une chose étrange, une météorite, un absolu ramassé en un seul point, qui n'est échangeable avec rien d'autre. Ce peut être une idée, un bâtiment, une couleur, un sentiment, un être humain. C'est toujours sa singularité qui le met en péril. Face à la médiatisation et à la mondialisation de la culture, face au nivellement des valeurs et à la généralisation d'une pensée faite uniquement d'opinions, où trouver encore des objets singuliers ? Comment les définir, les créer, les protéger, les reconnaître ? En tissant autour de ce thème leur dialogue, Jean Nouvel et Jean Baudrillard abordent d'autres problèmes fondamentaux qui concernent les années à venir. Ils imaginent comment sera la ville de demain, se demandent pourquoi l'idéal de la transparence a pénétré peu à peu toutes les sphères, depuis la politique jusqu'à l'architecture. Ils traitent, enfin, de la difficulté d'être libre.
Un essai sur la singularité donc, qui anime leur oeuvre et leur recherche à tous deux . Et qui détermine une certaine éthique aussi. Un texte passionnant et passionné aux prises avec les grandes mutations qui s'annoncent.

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Jean Baudrillard, philosophe, écrivain, a enseigné dans plusieurs universités étrangères. Il développe aussi une oeuvre photographique importante. Il est l'auteur de nombreux essais, dont notamment De la séduction (Gallimard, 1988), La Transparence du mal (Gallimard, 1990), L'Echange impossible (Gallimard, 1999).

Jean Nouvel, architecte de renommée internationale, a réalisé, entre autres, l'Institut du monde arabe et la Fondation Cartier. Il vient d'être lauréat du concours pour le Musée des arts premiers, à Paris.

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Calmann-Lévy
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Published on
Apr 26, 2000
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Pages
123
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ISBN
9782702148969
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Language
French
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Literary Criticism / General
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Aren't we actually sick of sex, of difference, of emancipation, of culture? With this provocative taunt, the indomitable sociologist Jean Baudrillard challenges us to face up to our deadly, technologically empowered renunciation of mortality and subjectivity as he grapples with the complex issues that define our postmillennial world. What does the advent and proliferation of cloning mean for our sense of ourselves as human beings? What does the turn of the millennium say about our relation to time and history? What does the instantaneous, virtual realm of cyberspace do to reality? In The Vital Illusion—as always—Baudrillard leads his readers to some surprising conclusions.

Baudrillard considers how human cloning—as well as the "cloning" of ideas and social identities—heralds an end to sex and death and the divagations of living by instituting a realm of the Same, beyond the struggles of individuation. In this day and age when everything can be cloned, simulated, programmed, and genetically and neurologically managed, humanity shows itself unable to brave its own diversity, preferring instead to regress to the pathological eternity of self-replicating cells. By reverting to our viral origins as sexless immortal beings, we are, ironically, fulfilling a death wish, putting an end to our own species as we know it.

Next, Baudrillard explores the "nonevent" that was and is the turn of the millennium. He provocatively puts forward the thesis that the arrival of the year 2000 could never take place because we could neither resolve nor leave behind our history, nor could we stop counting down toward our future. For Baudrillard, the millennial clock reading to the millionth of a second on its way to zero is the perfect symbol of our time: history decays rather than progresses. In closing, Baudrillard examines what he calls "the murder of the real" by the virtual. In a world of copies and clones in which everything can be made present in an instant by technology, we can no longer even speak of reality. Beyond Nietzsche's symbolic murder of God, our virtual world free of referents is in the process of exterminating reality, leaving no trace: "The corps(e) of the Real—if there is any—has not been recovered, is nowhere to be found."

Peppered with Baudrillard's signature counterintuitive moves, prophetic visions, and dark humor, The Vital Illusion exposes the contradictions that guide our contemporary culture and rule our lives.

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