The Sublime

Ciro Najle | Farshid Moussavi

The word “sublime” has been used to refer to that which is unpresentable. This usage of the word does not seem to define space for architecture but rather an experience of selftranscendence through indeterminate realities.

“The sublime is the beautiful taking the sudden form of a synthetic thought, simultaneously engaging and rejecting the mere enjoyment of things and thus elevating the aesthetic experience from the sensible into the purely mental. The sublime is the ultimate “as if” condition. It involves the unmediated encounter with the unknown under rigorously controlled conditions, bringing into the world a completely abstract form of life that overturns any standard of niceness. Ordinariness and generality, when potentiated through radical skepticism, become sublime, rather than kitsch or common.” Ciro Najle

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