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Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire – Penelope Haralambidou

Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire

28 December 2013

Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire, by Bartlett School of Architecture Lecturer Penelope Haralambidou, has just been published by Ashgate as part of their Design Research in Architecture series.

The book examines the link between architectural thinking and Duchamp's work. By employing design, drawing and making – the tools of the architect – Haralambidou performs an architectural analysis of Duchamp’s final enigmatic work Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas… demonstrating an innovative research methodology able to grasp meaning beyond textual analysis. This novel reading of his ideas and methods adds to, but also challenges, other art-historical interpretations. Through three main themes – allegory, visuality and desire – the book defines and theorises an alternative drawing practice positioned between art and architecture that predates and includes Duchamp.

  • Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desireis available to buy on the Ashgate website