“what happens when patterns become all pervasive? when pattern contagiously corrupts and saturates adjacent objects, artefacts and surfaces; blurring internal and external environment and dissolving any single point of perspective or static conception of space?” – mark taylor

12/06/2012 § Leave a comment

greg natale design, gogano apartment (2002)

 

writing in ‘space, time and perversion’ (1995) philosopher elizabeth grosz poses the question as to whether architecture can be rethought in terms of the outside, ‘in terms of surfaces, in terms of a certain flatness, in terms of dynamism and movement rather than stasis or the sedentary.’  taking a deleuzian line of enquiry, grosz argues the outside as that which is not ‘inside’ architecture and its history.  the intent is to open architecture beyond traditional frameworks in order to suggest what its future might be.  one ‘internal’ history is through the architectural canon of vitruvius, alberti, laugier and so on, a lineage that mark wigley in ‘white walls: designer dresses’ discusses through purity of form and materials, and the privileging of ‘whiteness’.  taking clues from modernism’s interest in geometries, planar colours and minimalism, shelter magazines and real-estate agents tend to extol this paradigm as ‘clean lines’, ‘neutrality’ and ‘flowing spaces’

pattern or patterned surfaces, objects and fabrics are to some extent outside this, they are placed, in the gendered binary division of architecture, in the negative, often as a covering to some truthful material beneath….

at the other end of the scale are interiors where the same repeating motif is placed over all interior surfaces including the wall, bed hangings, curtains, cushions and coverings.  whether using floriated or abstract motifs, the effect of objects imitating other objects is that the environment becomes blurred and confused, resulting in patterns being indistinct from the object/surface and becoming active components of its identity.  in this saturated environment objects, artefacts and surface coverings occupy particular spatiotemporal, or proxemic, positions.

 

- mark taylor in his article relentless patterns: the immersive interior.

 

immersed in space

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[title + image + text]     Taylor, Mark.  “Relentless Patterns: the Immersive Interior.”  In Patterns of Architecture (Architectural Design), edited by Mark Garcia, 42047.  New York: Wiley, 2010.

[more immersions]     building off a series of previous ayh posts found here and here.

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