Matthew Teismann has been invited to present a recent paper at an upcoming conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Titled Inner Territories: Capacious Geometries of Space and Mind, Teismann's presentation analyzes the space of architecture and its relation to the space of the mind. The international conference, [in]arch: interiority and interior architecture, will take place on September 10 & 11 at Universitas Indonesia.
Less about geometrical architecture than it is about the interiority of geometry through architecture, this paper aims to establish a link between East and West through the interstitial nature of space itself. Based on textual and architectural evidence Teismann will argue that Peter Zumthor, although perceived to ignore meta-phenomenological experience, is following ancient and historical notions of space in both his writings and buildings. Through a reversal of the figure-ground relationship, the paper will provide a framework for answering larger philosophical questions: What role does the object play in spatial experience, and more specifically what is the relationship between the building and its enclosed interior space? How does one experience sensory perception of space when it is unable to be perceived? How is geometry ascribed within us?
Excerpt from Abstract:
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 comprehensible 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.
About the Conference:
Exploration on interiority offers opportunities to gain insights on the body engagement in space, and how it may be approached through professional practice and pedagogy in the field of interior architecture.
Current discourse on interiority and interior architecture has called for a comprehensive investigation on interrelationship between local values, identity and how interior architecture posseses responsibilities to address those issues within the society. Such discourse is necessary to ensure knowledge sharing and to bring together creative ideas and future visions of interiority.
The conference will provide opportunity for not only reinterpreting and developing knowledge, methods and creativity in interiority, but also becoming an attempt to understand the potential agencies and collaboration in interior architecture design. To ensure collaborative atmosphere in such discourse, this conference invites international scholars and practitioners to discuss interiority and interior architecture through interdependent perspectives of practice and pedagogy.
For more information on the [in]arch conference: http://inarch.eng.ui.ac.id/