Allen S.Weiss

Allen S. Weiss is Distinguished Teacher in the departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University. An author, artist, and researcher, he has written and directed over forty books and collective works on the disembodied voice, acousmatic theater, phantasmatic radio, and synesthetic landscapes.


A hybrid space inaugurating modernity

Allen S. Weiss is a Distinguished teacher at New York University, landscape theorist, and a specialist of Le Nôtre. In his book Mirrors of Infinity, he analyses how the « Jardins à la française » resulted from the new aesthetic and ethical dimensions taken by geometry in the 17th century. The Champs-Élysées, the royal gardens of Versailles, and those Vaux-le-Vicomte have in common wide central perspectives, traced by new mathematical and optical tools, thus emphasizing the royal power. However, Weiss explains that the Champs-Élysées is distinguished from these two other works by their form as a hybrid space, an extension of the urban open to the rural : the Champs-Élysées introduce modernity in a city that is still fundamentally medieval.


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