The Acceleration of Duration

In The Spirit of Terrorism, Baudrillard wonders, following 9/11, what architectural form is worthy of being annihilated today? In considering the question we must first acknowledge that any potentially targeted architectural object must carve out a unique form in both space and time. That a building should be distinctive enough in its spatial form and purpose is obvious, but an element of duration is also required for that object to have accumulated the requisite symbolic capital necessary to achieve a critical semiotic yield. This is what makes the case of the World Trade Center particularly interesting: in only three decades, the twin towers were able to absorb all of the symbolism of an American capitalism that had rapidly become multinational, with ambitions of radiating globally. Put differently, the light-speed of Hollywood and the spectacle-making industry had accelerated the process of forging duration.

From the forthcoming essay:
"La Bombe Philosophique: An Archaeology of the Stereoscopic Present (Or, Sorting Through the Shrapnel)"


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