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Chiaroscuro: A Theoretical Valence

Chiaroscuro: A Theoretical Valence AbstractWhen considering “this thing called theory” from the point of view of Black Contemporary, a rural field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena and perception, one is confronted with a paradox that simultaneously encourages and resists our tendency to favour a fixed focal length, that of objective distance. This paper proposes theory as a material practice that opposes the objective distance typically associated with research. Black Contemporary serves as an experiential laboratory of such material practice for investigating, cultivating and expanding our knowledge specific to the study of atmosphere and place. This is achieved through immersive acts of thinking and making supported by a series of material insertions or stagings with a relative capacity to unite, react or interact with latent dimensions of the inherited landscape. Each staging is driven by nascent desire and possibility to intercourse with the existing material surrounds. Each is pursuant of a philosophical position of chiaroscuro that leverages perceptual notions and spatial valence within the material culture of a post-industrial site. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Chiaroscuro: A Theoretical Valence

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 12 – Sep 1, 2016

Chiaroscuro: A Theoretical Valence

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 12 – Sep 1, 2016

Abstract

AbstractWhen considering “this thing called theory” from the point of view of Black Contemporary, a rural field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena and perception, one is confronted with a paradox that simultaneously encourages and resists our tendency to favour a fixed focal length, that of objective distance. This paper proposes theory as a material practice that opposes the objective distance typically associated with research. Black Contemporary serves as an experiential laboratory of such material practice for investigating, cultivating and expanding our knowledge specific to the study of atmosphere and place. This is achieved through immersive acts of thinking and making supported by a series of material insertions or stagings with a relative capacity to unite, react or interact with latent dimensions of the inherited landscape. Each staging is driven by nascent desire and possibility to intercourse with the existing material surrounds. Each is pursuant of a philosophical position of chiaroscuro that leverages perceptual notions and spatial valence within the material culture of a post-industrial site.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2016.1251213
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Abstract

AbstractWhen considering “this thing called theory” from the point of view of Black Contemporary, a rural field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena and perception, one is confronted with a paradox that simultaneously encourages and resists our tendency to favour a fixed focal length, that of objective distance. This paper proposes theory as a material practice that opposes the objective distance typically associated with research. Black Contemporary serves as an experiential laboratory of such material practice for investigating, cultivating and expanding our knowledge specific to the study of atmosphere and place. This is achieved through immersive acts of thinking and making supported by a series of material insertions or stagings with a relative capacity to unite, react or interact with latent dimensions of the inherited landscape. Each staging is driven by nascent desire and possibility to intercourse with the existing material surrounds. Each is pursuant of a philosophical position of chiaroscuro that leverages perceptual notions and spatial valence within the material culture of a post-industrial site.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2016

Keywords: theory; embodied cognition; perception; chiaroscuro; material practice; making

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