culture of impatience

Culture is the expression of a population that successfully manages generational change through a series of techniques.

Except “Nobody has time for an entire generation any more“ argues Peter Sloterdijk.

We live in a fast-paced environment; the modern human is impatient. This fact also changed his expectations towards culture. Peter Sloterdijk explains how culture is turned into projects and how projects expect ever faster revenues. The printed facades carefully draped over scaffolding are the late outcome of this accelerated project. In a time of slow real estate market the volumes of the project are erected as hollow screens. The screens are marketed with advertisement print and provide a revenue that the REAL estate project would bearly accomplish in renting out the office space.

photo: Jorg Sieweke, Berlin 2011

Return on investment – fast results. Greed is no longer the determining factor within the banking and finance system only, says Peter Sloterdijk when asked by Even in cultural politics, the return has become the determining factor.
“The essence of cultural politics is impatience”, explains the cultural scientist. The ramifications shall become visible as fast as possible – the economy as role model: “capitalism is nothing but the acceleration process for cultural projects”, reports Sloterdijk.
Is it just the impatience of politics or maybe even our own that promotes such mentality? Do we want to wait 25 years until the next generation change takes place or rather 3 months?

At last, Peter Sloterdijk named the inhibition the highest utopia of democracy. “What happens if the “inhibitors” and the “accelerators” meet? Our society is experiencing change – we are in the middle of it and we have a say in where the journey shall take us.

see his interview 2010LAB

Published by: paradoXcity

Jorg Sieweke practices as a licensed landscape architect and urban designer in Berlin. Since 2009, he directs the design-research initiative paradoXcity. In 2020 he started a position as Associate Professor to conceive and conduct a new master program in "Landscape architecture for global sustainability" at Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU), located at the Oslo Fjord. Before he held professorships at University of Virginia and was Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen and HCU Hamburg in Germany. In 2015 he was resident fellow at Villa Massimo - the German Academy in Rome. ParadoXcity challenges convention of practice in landscape architecture to establish its own trajectory of a landscape & urbanism. With his PhD. (2015) he interrogates the implicit knowledge production in the design process.

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