Landscape as Events

Angelus Novus, Paul Klee, source from : http://www.fucinemute.it/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/alfbenj-2.jpg
Angelus Novus, Paul Klee, source from : http://www.fucinemute.it/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/alfbenj-2.jpg

“Walter Benjamin once wrote, “A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees a single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it at his feet.” [1]

Today this theological vision no longer belongs to the angel of history. It has become the vision of each and every one of us” Tschumi argued in his foreword of Paul Virilio’s book titled Landscape of Events. The idea of this book shows a chain of events which resembles our culture, the fear of the future has been outstripped by fear of the past. He even accentuated, the recession of the history entails the retreat of knowledge, the retirement of progress. everything vanishes, Ethical and political ideals, the durability of societies. The book consists of ideas which are accidents, sadness, harsh truth, showing facts that shape our history.

There is a way of survive from Bernard Tschumi’s clairvoyant of Virilio’s A Landscape of Events, by looking at our spiritual self, cultivating whats good in our body and mind mastery, to spread our skill of shaping greater built environment. I believe architecture is powerful enough to change the events to the future its natural state of humanity which every people deserve to living peacefully.

About the past 

Talking further about Virilio’s Landscape of Events. Bernard Schumi argued that the time is running fast, and the culture which learn from failure, having the antidote. What happens now is when the breakdown is even faster than before, we don’t have time to learn from our failure, and the guardian of time, Angelus Novus, losing his position, as historian losing their position. In this time we just have to depend on ourself to critise every situation best on every moments, it’s about welcoming the era of moment of accidents. In one history what I can say about comes about one thoughts.
“apa gunanya sejarah
apabila …
kita tidak bisa memanfaatkannya, …

apabila …
tidak ada pelajaran yang bisa dipetik darinya, …

mungkin kita tidak ada
tetapi bisa dipakai
untuk generasi yang akan datang
yang lebih pintar

untuk bisa memanfaatkan
apa yang kita tidak bisa tangkap

dari sejarah itu sendiri …
dari prasasti itu sendiri …
dari …

tumpukan bata yang hidup …

dari daun yang lembut …

dan bata yang keras …

[1] Virilio, Paul, and Julie Rose. A Landscape Of Events. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000. Print.pp xii

Oleh Realrich Sjarief

Founder of RAW Architecture

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