The 4th International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM), 1933 was held onboard the boat, Patris II, for four days at sea and in Athens. The artist and attendee László Moholy-Nagy prepared a visual documentary of the Congress. This book is built around Mohol-Nagy's documentary.
Machine generated contents note: I.CIAM 4: a debacle avoided 1.Reservations of `the poet of architecture' 2.Piraeus 3.Andreas Embirikos: a most untypical yacht-owner 4.Heracles Ioannides: `traveller without baggage' II.Moholy summoned to `drop everything' seizes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 1.The CIAM documentary and `film within' 2.Leger's harsh critique 3.The Corbusian view of Greece 4.Zervos's radical agenda 5.The incomparable light offers Moholy new creative possibilities III.From microcosm of the ancient Attic landscape to `forest of symbols' 1.Aegina: a most impressive dialogue between architecture and landscape 2.Tombros's monument to Rupert Brooke prompts a Corbusian response 3.Moonlight 4.Poros: introduction to a `determinedly anti-metaphysical' philosopher contrasted with Moholy's view of Greek island reality 5.Symposium: Moholy integrates the `psychological and human' into the discussion IV.The `film within' Note continued: V.`What's in a name?' 1.An air of unreality 2.Infinite space: Le Corbusier's revolutionary project goes up in smoke 3.Serifos: a denuded island blessed with glorious architecture and wonderful smiling faces 4.Pleonasmos: increasing sense of `otherness' a nocturnal discussion on art, psychology and multiple identities VI.From magical caldera to the island of exile 1.Santorin 2.`The plastic feeling' contributes to a change of sensibility 3.Los: `giant kinetic sculptures' and political realities end of the `film within' VII.Moholy's letter to Sibyl VIII.`A good slice of art history might never have been written' 1.Mythical immersion: Le Corbusier relives the tempestuous night voyage in Homeric terms 2.After the party: Moholy scrambles to complete his letter while the CIAM agenda begins to seem somewhat distant 3.Sachlich deformation: impetuous kick scores unexpected revelation Note continued: 4.Zervos's agenda absorbed and new interest in `archaism' 5.La Sarraz X.`Experiences which we rarely expressed in words' Appendix The Personae Sources Image Credits.
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