Title

Conduit of Earth and Sky: Tatlin's Tower

Presenting Author Name/s

Deborah Moses

Faculty Advisor

Vittorio Colaizzi

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Modern Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

In 1919, the newly formed Soviet Union asked Vladimir Tatlin to design its capital building. The resulting design was literally revolutionary: a revolving building that would serve as governmental headquarters, newsroom, and media center. Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International was deemed impossible to build and continues to elude architects to this day. While it is usually seen as a Constructivist Tower of Babel, this presentation proposes that Tatlin’s Tower could be better understood as a sophisticated machine that constantly condenses, recycles, and distributes the wishes of the people through the government and back out into the populace.

Session Title

Art History 2

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 11:15 AM

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Conduit of Earth and Sky: Tatlin's Tower

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

In 1919, the newly formed Soviet Union asked Vladimir Tatlin to design its capital building. The resulting design was literally revolutionary: a revolving building that would serve as governmental headquarters, newsroom, and media center. Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International was deemed impossible to build and continues to elude architects to this day. While it is usually seen as a Constructivist Tower of Babel, this presentation proposes that Tatlin’s Tower could be better understood as a sophisticated machine that constantly condenses, recycles, and distributes the wishes of the people through the government and back out into the populace.