Scandal is the red flag of every cultural movement. Sin segues into standards. Thresholds 43: “Scandalous” investigates the relevance of scandal in creative practice. Contributors sort through the aftermath of architecture, art, and cultural scandals, provoking consideration not just of splashy headlines—outrageous one moment and then gone the next—but also our collective reactions and their implications.
In the bygone print newspaper, “above the fold” referred to what could be seen on the top half of a broadsheet: headlines, catchy hooks, and key images. In this issue, this strategy is reflected in our journal’s organization: texts and projects are previewed in the first half and then conclude in the second half. This provokes unexpected adjacencies between contributions while also paying self-conscious tribute to the original scandalous tabloid. Destination pages throughout the journal also offer an alternate means of navigation based on theme. Destination pages group and regroup content into: “Media and Historiography,” “Faith and Religion,” “Speculations, Activism and Possible Futures,” “Identity and the City,” and “Power, Government and Surveillance.”
Thresholds 43: Scandalous confronts a history of devious schemes, spectacular headlines, and pulp fictions by engaging them in critical conversation.
Editors: Nathan Friedman and Ann Lui
Designers: Azusa Kobayashi and Julia Novitch
Contributors: Cristina Parreño Alonso, Nisa Ari, Austin+Mergold, Jordan Carver, Beatriz Colomina, Jackson Davidow, Sebastiano Fabbrini, fala atelier, Didier Faustino, Peter Galison, Kristen Gaylord, Hans van Houwelingen, Andrés Jaque, Mark Jarzombek, Ang Li, John May, Ruvimbo Moyo, AnnMarie Perl, Doris Sommer, NADAAA, Urbonas Studio, Nora Wendl
Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture, held in over 150 university art & architecture libraries around the world. Content features leading scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, art, and culture.