Mechanics Between the Body, Mind and Environment

Mechanics Between the Body, Mind and Environment

William Feuerman _ University of Technology, Sydney



(Article Excerpt)

Investigations, both in my research and in my teaching, transcend the idea of representational practices as exclusively documentation, and consider how these practices can generate speculation about new spatial environments. The intangible mechanics of perception are externalized as “Machines” that visibly transform our experience. By extracting a perceptual effect from a precedent architectural environment, by isolating that effect in intimate collaboration with the body, and by extrapolating that effect out into a new architecturally-scaled proposal, we may generate new architectures that bridge the seen and unseen world. In architectural discourse the body occurs most often as a metaphor for the operations of the building itself: circulation, structure, ecologies of energy consumption and production, etc. This work, instead, enlists the body as a perceptual armature and test site for intimate effects, whose means can be scaled up to the architectural scale, even as their ends remain at the personal scale of the eye, the fingertip, or the tip of the tongue.


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