Gothic Futurism: Decopunk, Templexity, and the Shadowlands of Modernity

Dr. Rinaldi's Horror Cabinet

The strongest counter current in Europe to modernity’s embrace of light, linearity and evolutionary advance was the Gothic Revival. The movement began in England at the heart of the industrial age. Its emergence and subsequent spread posed a dramatic challenge to the ideology of reason and progress that seemed so married to the machine age. The Gothic expressed the dark side of reason, the anti-enlightenment, the unconscious of modernity.

—Anna Greenspan,  Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade

Cities of the future are shaped by intense competition, because tomorrow is a tight, fiercely contested niche.

—Nick Land, Templexity

Michael Lewis cited by Anna Greenspan in her book Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade noting the emergence of Gothic style, says: ‘During its years of greatest influence, it subjected every aspect of art, belief, society and labour to intense intellectual scrutiny, using the Middle Ages as a platform from which to judge the modern world ……

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