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URBAN STUDIES AND THEORY

PUBLISHER
Hatje Cantz

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 368 pgs / 14 color / 385 duotone.

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Pub Date
Out of print

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D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 109   

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ISBN 9783775727730 TRADE
List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00

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HATJE CANTZ

Done. Book

Picturing the City of Society

Edited by Wolfgang Scheppe.

In his previous project Migropolis, Wolfgang Scheppe proposed Venice, Italy, as a prototype of the increasingly globalized city. Here, the German philosopher reexamines the city from another perspective. Done. Book is an "inquiry into the depth of visual archives," and how the archives of a city can aid an understanding of its society. Under this rubric, Scheppe compares two obsessive attempts at archiving or summating Venice: the Venetian notebooks of English art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), compiled for his classic study Stones of Venice, and previously unseen photographs assembled by Alvio Gavagnin (born 1944), a contemporary resident of the city's working-class district. Despite their differences, both projects stem from a similar self-imposed commitment on the part of their makers: to provide a comprehensive representation of the details of an urban network, whose truth can be glimpsed in the minutiae and hidden particulars.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

THOMAS EVANS | DATE 3/18/2011

Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society

Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society

The methodological models for urbanism are plentiful, ranging from the recent revival in cartography to the boom in infrastructure theory, but Wolfgang Scheppe’s Done.Book: Picturing the City of Society offers a wonderfully original take on the city he has made his ongoing object of study, Venice. Migropolis, Scheppe’s massive two-volume saturation job on Venice from 2010, adopted an impressive and thorough but not unfamiliar psychogeographic method for excavating the city’s layers, in which various mappings were undertaken through walks around the city. Done.Book is a more eccentric enterprise. Described by Scheppe as “an inquiry into the depth of visual archives,” it assembles a portrait of Venice through two sets of archival materials: the notebooks used by the Victorian art writer John Ruskin (1819-1900) for his legendary 1851 study Stones of Venice and the photographic archive of one Alvio Gavagnin, a Venetian market seller and non-professional photographer who bequeathed Scheppe his archive after they met at Gavagin’s stall.
Ruskin’s notebooks are filled with Ruskin’s sketches of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance Venetian architecture. A part of his aim in documenting Venice’s religious architecture was to define it as a paradigmatic city for the integration of a spiritual life with the experience of citizenship—to contrast with the alienated labor conditions of Victorian England he so abhorred. When his notes were complete, Ruskin would sign each page “done” in the lower right corner. Scheppe interprets this “done” signature as indicative of Ruskin’s struggle to cohere the abundant fruits of his obsessive scrutiny of the city. continue to blog


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