Informal Architecture on an Ideological Scale: Georgia's Kamikaze Loggia
Kamikaze style building has been vanishing in its practice, even though it can still be seen all over Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The epicenter of construction has shifted to bold modern architecture and superficial beautification restorations, initiated and supported by the previous Georgian government, accompanied by strict yet randomly enforced regulations for private building.
The obsessive orientation to the West, which has been blinding the nation since the Rose Revolution in 2003, has led to a conformity of an official state of mind. Hence the phenomenon of “evroremont,” the widespread practice of replacing Soviet-style with “pan-European” interiors, as an outcome of a mostly unreflected neo-capitalist architectural vision needs to be criticized, in order to prevent that the pavilion’s suggested “refusal of dominant structures” becomes exactly that which it is supposed to refuse.
Will the presentation of Kamikaze architectural and ideological structures act as more than another exotification of Georgia? Or will it trigger another evaluation, different from the one so willingly taken on by a mainly eurocentric audience looking down on Georgia’s transformatory “first steps” into the “real world” of both capitalism and art?Katharina Stadler