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Constructs of space : German expressionism, Mies van der Rohe and Yasujiro Ozu

Holt-Damant, Kathi (2003) Constructs of space : German expressionism, Mies van der Rohe and Yasujiro Ozu. In Gusheh, Mayam & Stead, Naomi (Eds.) Proceeding of 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand., Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 152-157.

Abstract

This paper will examine a spatial construct that emerged simultaneously in architecture and cinema in the early 1920s in Germany, but earlier in Japan. Visible in the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu, spatial strategies, typical of Japanese traditionalism, will be compared to spatial developments that occurred in Mies van der Rohe’s work in Germany around the same time. It is the juxtaposition of two spatial conditions that I would like to explore in this paper: between the perception of architectonic space in cinema (caught through the moving image), and the experience of space in architecture in early Modernism.-----

The first part of the paper will explore two architectonic constructs of space from German Expressionist cinema during the early 1920s. Various influences from German Aesthetic theory (1890s) will be used to frame these constructs. The second part of the paper will examine another spatial construct that emerged in Japanese cinema through Yasujiro Ozu. Although considered the most Japanese of all film directors for his portrayal of traditional Japanese themes, his cinema is regarded by contemporary theory as Modernist. The contrast between these two, similar but different, ideas are curiously visible in the architectonic spaces of Mies van der Rohe’s early German period. The third part of the paper uses the Barcelona Pavilion (1928-29) to draw out some of these parallels.

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ID Code: 21215
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Constructs of space, Mies van der Rohe, Yasujiro Ozu, German Expressionism
ISBN: 1864875747
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 SAHANZ and Kathi Holt-Damant
Copyright Statement: Apart from fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part of this volume may be produced without prior permission of the publishers and authors.
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2009 11:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:53

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