The Quirks of Intimate Space.
Dickson, Erin (2015) The Quirks of Intimate Space. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
This research explores aspects of architectural phenomenology as evidenced in the ‘quirk’, described here as a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of a building’s personality. Using digital technology, this study frames and contextualises a body of sculpture, performance and installation in glass that interprets personal ideas of home through social, cultural and emotional connections. The research is focused on exposing the quirk to anthropomorphise the site, expressing its familiar and intimate nature.
Previous research in creative glass has used digital design and manufacturing technology in studies that contribute primarily to the practical advancement of CAD/CAM processes. This new research applies such techniques, but is instead focused on their capacity to record, translate and realise ideas in relation to the quirk of the architecture. This approach translates quirks through data capture to visualise aspects of architectural phenomenology, which is defined in this context as the embodied, personal and sensory experience of space.
A methodology which adapts architectural practice has been applied to provide a creative, flexible framework of site selection, discovery of the quirk and its translation, realisation and analysis. The four bodies of work described in this PhD include a monumental architectonic sculpture, a series of ‘window’ panels created using photographic imagery, a kinetic subterranean installation and a time-based performance of the experience of sleeping on glass. The contribution to knowledge can be claimed through a model of practice that utilises phenomenology through the translation of the architectural quirk to create a unique and diverse body of artwork; and the development of original working methods for waterjet cutting and kiln-forming to produce architectonic sculpture and imagery in glass. This PhD offers an example of the application of architectural phenomenology for those wishing to use architecture as inspiration for artwork.
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Emotional Leak (in collaboration with Jeffrey Sarmiento), 2013, Waterjet cut glass, steel and rubber, photo: Erin Dickson
Mould, 2016, CNC milled extruded foam, photo: David Williams
Wall, 2013, Red clay brick, mortar, smashed glass bottles, photo: Peter Kuhnlein
Window_2, 2013, Waterjet and kilnformed glass, photo: David Williams
Window_4, 2014, Waterjet and kilnformed glass, photo: David Williams
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