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id acadia15_243
authors McKay, Mike
year 2015
title Relative Positioning
source ACADIA 2105: Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene [Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-53726-8] Cincinnati 19-25 October, 2015), pp. 243-250
summary How we understand the world is directly affected by our position in it. Constellations are simply the result of cognitive alignments related to our location in the universe, the horizon simply based on proximity and time. Relative Positioning explores the power of position in architecture: specifically, how Anamorphic projection and perspectival techniques can generate space and challenge our understanding of its form. Architectural illusion and perspectival deceptions have been investigated since antiquity in order to alter the perception of a given space, primarily used in an illusionary or optical manner. However, Anamorphic projection offers the potential to create dynamic spatial experiences that go well beyond simple projections or images/shapes simply painted onto a surface. Within Relative Positioning, architectural form exists in 3-dimensions (real, physical) but is perceived via procession and emergent perceptions based on choreographed alignments and foci—making it possible for a duality of visual perception to occur. Much like the diagonal movement through Villa Savoye or the space created by Matta-Clark’s cut, views and alignments add value, create perceptual shifts. One no longer views the architectural form as a whole, but as a collection of cinematic moments, fragments, serial form: a tension of object-qualities that elicits spatial ambiguity that puts pressure on the ‘real’ and opens up a world of wonder and excitement. This is a new form of collage.
keywords Anamorphosis, perspective, perception
series ACADIA
type normal paper
email mbmckay@me.com
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