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The art of ~scaping. An artistic perspective on the composition of space.

Project: PhD-project

  • De Clercq, Anouk (PhD student)
  • Carels, Edwin (Promotor HoGent)
  • De Meyer, Dirk, UGent Vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw, Belgium (Promotor University)

At the heart of this study lies the interaction between the (projected) image and the other arts, the ultimate challenge being the search for the right relationships, and breaking down the limitations characteristic of each discipline. Image and music together form an environment; the act of looking and listening embedded in an architectural experience. Spatiality is a key concept in my work. After all, digital animation – my prime tool – offers an invitation to ‘build’: the starting point is always an empty space that has to be filled. My work alludes to (or makes use of) the double meaning of animation: in the first place a technique, and secondly a method of instilling a space with a particular spirit. I enhance the experience of the space in and around the image by means of sounds and the way I install them in the space: in other words I create ‘aural architecture’.

The setting is a typical black box; the light goes out and the space vanishes so that we are completely absorbed by the projected image. However, I like to ask myself to what extent the space around the image can be made complicit with the space in the image (and vice versa), to the extent that ‘a wall is no longer a tangible boundary of space, but instead the medium of an optical idea’.

In other words my field of research involves not only the interaction between different disciplines, but also that between real and imaginary (virtual) spaces, two and three-dimensional, and analogue and digital, the ultimate aim being to create a poetic space.

In other words my field of research involves not only the interaction between different disciplines, but also that between real and imaginary (virtual) spaces, two and three-dimensional, and analogue and digital, the ultimate aim being to create a poetic space.

Up to now it is mainly the immersive, entrancing nature of my work that has been described. In the setting of this study I would like to express myself on the basis of a ‘critical spatial practice’. There is after all an urgent need to gather together a number of conclusions drawn from the course I am following, and to add another dimension to my work, literally and figuratively. I like to counterbalance the thorough study of the potential that new technologies can offer me with an (analogue) approach from the angle of art history. The study is intended on the one hand to fuel the artistic work and on the other to lead to articulating my conclusions in at least two publications.

As Wagner says in Parsifal,‘Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit’. What is the poetic space of the present era? This is the key question of this study.

 

StatusIn execution
Period1/10/1230/09/18