Celebration : architectonic constructs of space in the 1920s

Holt-Damant, Kathi (2005) Celebration : architectonic constructs of space in the 1920s. In Leach, Andrew & Matthewson, Gill (Eds.) The 22th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Napier, pp. 173-178.

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This paper will explore constructs of architectonic space through the celebration of early German cinema. It can be argued that these early constructs were crucial to the spatial development of modernity in Germany at that time. While architects were coming to terms with what German Aesthetic theory meant for architecture, the new discipline of cinema was forging ahead experimenting with the perception and illusion of space. Without knowing it at the time August Schmarsow, in theorising architectonic space, had in fact proposed the rudimentary properties of spatial perception in cinema. Carl Stumpf’s notion that the whole visual field is perceived in three-dimensions and built up out of incremental spaces to produce one continuous space led to a number of new expanded theories in cinematic space. This early period of filmmaking shared many constructs of space with architecture. In a political and cultural context like Germany or Russia, cinema was able to experiment with space where architecture could not. Architects, however, were critical to the development of cinematic space: Heinrich de Fries for Expressionism, Siegfried Kracauer for Realism, and Sergei Eisenstein for Russian Formalism. This paper will focus on two contrasting types of space that first emerged through German Aesthetic theory and later developed through German Expressionist cinema before finding form in modern architecture.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Architectonic space, German Aesthetic theory, Heinrich de Fries, German Expressionism and Cinema
ISBN: 0473103494
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 SAHANZ and Kathi Holt-Damant
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