Thom Mayne introduces Eric Owen Moss as “a person of words, precise and considered.” Moss presents numerous projects that span the globe. He questions the notion of comfort or discomfort, and our perceptions of what architecture could be. How do we make architecture new? As Moss puts it, “Architecture needs an enemy. … If you want to make next year’s word you have to be willing to contest last year’s meaning. You need an enemy.”
Video Archive | Discomfort (2)
Eric Owen Moss states that he “never wanted to be a master, polished and smooth,” and describes his body of work as “uneven, inconsistent, rough, and exploratory.” Moss presents quotes from Roosevelt, Kierkegaard, and Marco Polo that he directly correlates to architectural discourse, and his own approach to architecture. He continues with his cautionary notion of discomfort with regards to affiliations or allegiance to an architectural discourse without understanding them as choices. He leads into his own work by describing a sculpture by Michelangelo that was ambiguously left in an “unsteady” state, a ballet dancer from Lyon who challenged the notion of “what you see is what you get,” and a Greek capital that was defiled by Romans.