'Throughout history, follies have been used widely in architecture, visual arts, and literature as a provocation, a frivolous diversion or strategic place of madness and satire freed from the constraints of societal norms. Since their initial inception in landscape gardens, follies have been used as medium or object, oscillating between aesthetic autonomy and social-political potential. Placed in contemporary cities, follies become critical tools to test the constitution and transformative potential of public space.

Revisiting some of these historic sites, a series of eight newly commissioned follies forge links between every day uses and political practice linking contemporary Gwangju and a global political arena. The book takes the form of a glossary, situating the eight new Follies within a broader cultural discourse and presents the projects curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, and Eui Young Chun as “foolosophy.”

With follies by David Adjaye & Taiye Selasi, Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas & Ingo Niermann, Raqs Media Collective, Do-Ho Suh, Superflex, Eyal Weizman.' (from the publisher's website)

With contributor biographies. Includes separate booklet featuring photo essay by Bas Princen on the eight new follies in the city of Gwangju.
Access level

Onsite

Location code EX.KOR.GWF
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2013

No of pages

195

ISBN / ISSN

9783775735537

No of copies

2

Content type

catalogue

Chapter headings
Antagonists

- Anthony VIDLER

Art Alone?

- Horst BREDEKAMP

Autodidact's Transport

- Raqs Media Collective

Background Music

- Joan DIDION

Backslash

- April LAMM

Barricade

- Naeem MOHAIEMEN

Cannibalism

- Sam JACOB

Cubic Meter Food Cart

- AI Weiwei, 艾未未

Disaster

- HU Fang, 胡昉

Emancipation

- Stephen SQUIBB

Form, Follies, Function

- Hans HOLLEIN

Gwangju River Reading Room

- David ADJAYE, Taiye SELASI

Haircut vs Wig

- Marion VON OSTEN

Hameau

- April LAMM

Horizon

- Philip URSPRUNG

In-between Hotel

- Doho SUH, 서도호, Suh Architects

Instant Monuments

- CHO Minsuk, 조민석

Interrogation

- Felicity D. SCOTT

Lunacy

- Franco BERARDI

Misplaced
Memory Box

- Seokhong GO, Mihee KIM

Parade

- Etcetera

Participation

- Markus MIESSEN

Pedestal

- Can ALTAY

Picturesque

- Barry BERGDOLL

Power Toilets/UNESCO

- Superflex

Psychogeography

- Peter CARL

Quixotic

- Nancy ADAJANIA

Roundabout Revolution

- Eyal WEIZMAN, Samaneh MOAFI

Staircase for Scarface

- Bernard TSCHUMI

Sugar Loaf

- Barbara JONES

Transfer

- Erik GÖNGRICH

Trespassing

- Cultural Agencies

Unreason

- Shumon BASAR

Watershed

- Mike BOUCHET

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Gwangju Folly II