Studio 11: Interiority

Studio brief

The dissertation concerns itself with being-inside. We will identify experiences of being-inside registered in the works of man and think about what it means to be ‘within’. We will look into this world and relate it to the landscape of our experiences.

We will encounter spaces in our readings and visits that will encourage us to look beyond the directly manifest to search for clues into the inner-workings of their creators.

We will be able to see the qualities of this inner world and its translations into matter.

We will recognise and become intimate with interiority, its relationship to space and our location within the world at large.

We will discuss themes such as the body, otherness, memory, representation and technology.

We have a strong bias towards the experienced world and human agency over received knowledge.

Summer task:

If you are interested in this studio, please read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë over summer. Pay attention to the inner life/thoughts and personality of the characters and the descriptions of the spaces they inhabit.

Outline the first seven weeks of study

  • Week 1 - Introductory Lecture and Seminar on course structure, resources, writing strategies and studio outline
  • Week 2 - Interiority/Subjectivity /Spatiality
  • Week 3 - The interiority of others
  • Week 4 - Visit to an interior
  • Week 5 - A shared interiority
  • Week 6 - An impenetrable interiority
  • Week 7 - The absurd interior

Reading list

  1. Brascha Ettinger, The matrixial boderspace (University Of Minnesota Press, 2006)
  2. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (Harlow : Pearson Education, 1999)
  3. J K Huysmanns, Against nature (Penguin Classics, 2003)
  4. Baudelaire, Tablleux Parisiens, Introduction by Walter Benjamin Kafka, The Trial (Wordsworth editions, 2008)
  5. Charles Rice, The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (Routledge, 2006)
  6. Adorno, Kierkegaard: Construction of the Aesthetic (University of Minnesota Press, 1989)
  7. Georges Bataille, Inner experience (SUNY Press, 2014)
  8. Adrian Mc Kenzie: Transductions: Bodies and Machines at Speed (Athlone, 2001)
  9. Lois Weinthal, ed. An anthology of interior design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011)
  10. Colomina Beatriz, Privacy and publicity ( MIT Press, 1996)
  11. Michel de Certau, Heterologies (University Of Minnesota Press, 2006)
  12. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincialising Europe (Princeton, 2008)
  13. Paul Ricouer, Memory, History, Forgetting, Translated by Kathleen Blamey and David Pellauer (The University of Chicago Press, 2004)
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Tutor Anurag Verma

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