Mentors, Part III: Darell Fields
Darell Fields is an architect & theoretician whose AppendX journal was a key part of my research for Black Boxes. Since there were NO BLACK PROFESSORS teaching at Yale's School of Architecture, I traveled up to Harvard to meet with Darell (he's since moved to UT Dallas). I'm happy that a quick Google search revealed that Darell is still pursuing the dark matter of "Black Architecture." In my last post, I outlined three reasons why I believe the term does not exist, and Darell posits the same conclusion (~ minute 6:45) here. His research probes blackness within the history of aesthetics in order to bridge connections to architecture (and thus its latent black content). Brother Darell is a conscious man - perhaps overly so. He is brilliant, but sometimes I think he should be messier, willing to make more mistakes, and less pristine. Ah well, maybe I'm just jealous because he is so smart! Ha ha. But I do think the dense opacity of his arguments buffer them from common understanding - his presentation at Black Boxes was very interesting, but I'm not sure everyone "got it." Deep down, I get the sense that the obfuscation is part of Darell's point.