Supermodern spaces. Places to go through
An interesting definition of "supermodernism" found in Desolation Jones, a comic book series written by Warren Ellis:
"Supermodernism. The fact that we don't build places to just be in anymore. We build places to go through. To wait in. To be transient. You ever watch 'Cribs' on MTC? All those pop stars' houses? They're all beige and white. They're the colour of airports. All those houses are decorated like hotel rooms and waiting lounges. You never wonder why?
Supermodern spaces. Places to go through. An now look at this bloody city [Los Angeles] Two hundred thounsand fucking miles of road. Not event a city. A dozen towns stitches together by motorways. Housing that goes up today and get knocked down tomorrow. LA's a supermodern space. A place you dont' stop in"
Also check Ellis's commentary on his website:
"Supermodernism: a term I first encountered in architecture, coined by Hans Ibelings, used to describe buildings constructed without context or integral information. Airports are supermodern spaces. Just pipes and sockets, there to pass through or plug into. Places to facilitate swarms and flow. An outsider’s view of LA. Which, I’d remind people, is exactly what Jones’ view is. He’s not looking at LA like a native, a committed long-term resident, or even someone who likes the place much"
Why do I blog this? gathering insights about society from various types of media is always a pleasure. In this case it's about the evolution of spaces and places. Also look at the illustrator's trick to put these quote in context with a "red line" that connects up the whole page with a map and the discussion with the two protagonists.
See also Jack Schulze's remarks about this very same comic page.