In previous posts, I’ve talked about the pretention of a lot of modern art, and how most of the effort seems to go into technobabble rationalizationÂ of the art, and not the art itself.Â Well, somebodyÂ giving a lecture at theÂ MIT School of Architecture has recentlyÂ scaled newÂ heightsÂ on the tower of babble:
Architecture reimagines how humans inhabit the earth — how they organize themselves spatially and shape their everyday lives. If architecture is viewed as the material alteration of the earth’s surface, it has astronomical consequences: it can alter the very shape of a planet. Come see one way designs develop, through a demonstration of laser cutting in our fablab.
That last sentence is a bit of a let down, isn’t it? I had no ideaÂ the rest of MIT wasÂ underachieving so much withÂ their lasers! We really need to step things up. I know there’s folksÂ at MITÂ using lasers to doÂ mundane things like creating attosecond bursts of X-rays, quantum entangled photons for cryptography, and 3D high resolution medical imaging, but I don’t think any of us are really coming close to the astronomical-planet-surface-altering bar set by the folks in the architecture department. Maybe we should start using them to cut outÂ parts for thingsÂ like this:
(For the record, this came from theÂ front page of the MIT architecture department’s online portfolio, a collection of the recentÂ workÂ of which they areÂ apparently most proud.)
Is it me, or hasÂ the level of Bullshit in the humanities risen to a point that transcends the usual academic norm? I used to believe that every era has its valid place, and progress was always made, but I’m now starting to think that the intellectual charlatans sittingÂ on faculties ofÂ art departmentsÂ around the worldÂ may just beÂ the present day equivalent of theÂ Sophists. The more I listen to humanities academics, I’mÂ increasingly convinced that future civilizations will look back on our times as a dark ages for the arts.