On the 10th of September, Matthew Teismann, owner and partner of LIONarchitecture, presented at the inaugural [in]arch conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-day conference explored and underscored interiority, both psychologically and physiologically, in an architectural and urban discourse. The conference included presentations by interiority theorists such as Christine Smith (Victoria University) and Jill Franz (Queensland University of Technology), as well as architect Lawrence Wallen (University of Technology Sydney). Matthew Teismann, the sole American to present a paper, spoke for 15 minutes about his current work on meta-phenomenology: the space of architecture and its relation to the space of the mind.
The conference was organized and held at Universitas Indonesia and included keynote presentations by Markus Berger, Nam-kyu Park, and Suzie Attiwill. For more on Teismann paper and presentation, please click here.
Abstract from Paper:
When artist Rachel Whiteread created a 'positive from a negative' in her cast of Room 101 from George Orwell's 1984, she manifest a physical object from an interior void. Making palpable that which cannot be seen, a Whiteread cast illustrates that whether or not you can see or touch it, space shapes you. The purpose of this paper is to move beyond object, beyond subject, to aspects of architecture that are not visible but nevertheless have an unimpeded affect on the mind.
Stemming not from the mind nor the building, geometry is a convergence of the surface of space and its unique impact on us. Geometry then, appropriated by architects as neither vessel nor void, poses the paradoxical challenge about the imperceptibly of interior space itself. Using philosophical and architectural examples from the East and West, this paper will show that the interior is a space with an edge, an invisible but comprehendible selective surface between inside and outside, carrying with it capacious geometric signifiers that transcend culture.
From the Garbhagriha at Prambanan, to St. Benedict's Chapel in Switzerland, the built edifice is merely a vessel where the architect's desire to imbue solemnity can never be fulfilled but through the inner psyche of the subject.