As we are talking about an Interpretative Center of the Tua Valley, I myself will explore two different readings / interpretations/different perspectives on the realization, function and impact of this project.
A few words about the title of the column. «The grapes could be sour»* is an obvious paraphrase of the «verdict» from the famous fable about the fox that could not reach the grapes. Why a paraphrase? For our intention is to bring up to date, if not the fable, at least the phrase – as we can always find grapes that are great-sized and beautiful nowadays
«Plato's Cave» is one of the widest known allegories in Occidental culture, thus universalized – or, more precisely, universalizing. Yet what is this image, this construct: myth or allegory? Both, it was said. As a myth, it counts too little: there are so many myths! Yet as an allegory, it has been reverberating until our days. Thus it is operational and operationalized, morally utilized – meaning politically utilized.
«Plato's Cave» (as well) is a pharmakon, it is to say a poison-medicine, an ambiguous and ambivalent figure that, instead of being carefully handled, so as both its faces could be efficiently and
«There is a cliche in everything. That’s how the truth comes in.»
Nadia de Vries, «Now That I Am a Cursed Woman», from «Dark Hour»
«Fairy tale house» – another kind of house?
As I was asking myself what attitude we should have while talking about «the fairy tale house» so as not to unleash the middle class cliché, I stopped at the thought that it became an expression almost impossible to use in an honest text about architecture. Next to «the dream house», it belongs more to the pile of expressions used in the sales department: «holiday in a fairy tale house»,