MÜLLER-HELLE, Katja (ed.)
The Legacy of Transgressive Objects
This book traces the afterlife and historization of the theorem of transgression in art, architecture, technology, music, and psychedelic practices of the 60s and 70s by looking at the objects, materials, and images that actually shaped the idea of transgression – e.g. conceptions of radical architecture suggesting a whole new organization of society, the dissolution of boundaries between art and life in artistic practices, transgressions in music and festivals, and utopian visions of technological progress. The very objects of such far-reaching ideas are often ephemeral and of deteriorating material quality when visited in archives and museums today – yet they still function as repositories of time and as evocative physical objects. Against this background the book traces the historical index of objects that promised to change the world and opened up future horizons of the recent past. [publisher's note]
With contributions by Beatriz Colomina, Tacita Dean, Dennis Göttel, Helmut Lethen, Jeannie Moser, Katja Müller-Helle, Claus Pias and Eva Wilson.