Architecture, revolution and temporality: the Soviet avant-garde and the politics of modernism

Demirok, Görkem
This study aims to present a political re-reading of modernism and the Soviet Avant-garde through their conceptualizations of temporality. To that end, affirmative and negative characteristics of modernism and the avant-garde in their relation to modernity and the capitalist mode of production are examined, and their over-identification with capitalism is questioned. Thereafter, the Soviet context of modernism and the avant-garde are analyzed through the temporal conception of Bolshevism. The study claims that both the appeal of the post-revolutionary Soviet context to modernist and avant-garde visions and their liquidation originate from the insights into temporality. It aims to reveal that the constructivist theory of architectural space presents an intensified variant of modernist spatio-temporality, a dependence on the unknown, processes and mobility, and pre-assumptions of the continuous future breaks from the past.