2013-03-26

Vertical Orders

In the same way that the reason arose as a sublimated form of eroticism (Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, 1976-1984), classical orders derived from body instincts and a desire for perfection. But what has not been emphasized enough is something that may seem obvious: the importance given to the vertical. Thus, although the reasons for that should be mainly sought in a religious worldview, the truth is that the result would be closer to circus acrobatics than what had been originally thought.

Image after Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola's Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura (1635) [pd], Joseph Mallord William Turner's Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth (1842) [pd] and Helmut Newton's They’re Coming (naked, 1981) [fu/fd].