~e; EM aesthetic typologies
Thu, 21 Mar 2002 23:51:36 -0600
will try to be concise here. want to balance what
may be totally negative ideas with some options of
seeing em art in the mundane, as artifacts. one day
i was in the local energy company talking with the
engineers and asking about aesthetics in the energy
infrastructure, and got a signifcant article on such
(file away, as of now), but also some photocopies
from some reference books, that were exactly the
type of 'typological' data i was imagining might exist.
or, i was supremely surprised it did exist as it was
consistent with design and aesthetics that i had known
of from architecture. in any case, there were types
of transmission pylons that were photocopies, and
also some pages from a book on distrubution poles.
later in life i found a book (the book, in regards to
this kind of thing), believe it is the official lineman's
guide, a reference of all things electrical infrastructure.
if permitted for a moment, i would compare such a book
to the pattern books and also evolutionary models of
development, a certain refinement and adaptation and
also lineage of a type of design aesthetic through the
the metal pylons have a lot to contribute to the idea
of modernism by their manufactured (and then, new)
materials, and their forms, otherworldly in a way.
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and the distribution poles, again, back to shipping
and sailing as a precedent for such design forms.
they were not invented, per se, but evolved or
adapted. maybe someday this 'visible' yet unseen
infrastructure will be gone, and with it, an ability
to see our common connections with peoples all
over the world. so it is hoped it will remain...
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[* still not sure why the funky binhex.hqx unstuffit addendum is on every
file, it may be a preference, or there may be no choice. if you cannot open
these files, StuffIt lite, should be able to decompress for both PCs & macs.]
electromagnetism / infrastructure / civilization