INTERMEDIALITY IN ARCHITECTURE: REPRESENTATION AND THE AESTHETICS OF REFLEXIVITY
Guest Editors: Victoire Chancel, Carla Frick-Cloupet, Wouter Van Acker
This multi-layered condition of the architectural project, along with the resulting cross-references, have received relatively little attention in terms of what media and cultural studies call “intermediality”/ If intertextuality is “the passage from one signifying system to another” in written texts (Kristeva 1967, 59), intermediality can be considered as the study of the transition from one medium to another. Intermediality is less concerned with the representation within a given medium than with the interplay between media (Rajewksy 2005), on which the very notion of representation relies (Ribouillault 2020). In other words, intermediality considers an object not within a single form of media but rather at the intersection of different media. In architecture, intermediality may refer to the transposition from one medium to another (e.g. photos of a building integrated into that same building), the convergence of different media to represent the same object (e.g. interactions between model, photo, collage, etc.), or the transfer of codes across different disciplines (e.g. superimposing the conventions of painting onto architecture).
The deployment of the architectural project across several media may be considered a recent phenomenon. For some, this condition of architecture is intimately linked to the appearance of new techniques (such as photography) and spaces of dissemination in the twentieth century (Colomina 1979), which embedded architecture into the arena of modern media. Weibel (2012) and Guattari (1996) see in our present time a “post-medium” condition in which the specificity of a medium is replaced by the intermingling of media and a state of mutual influence. Yet the idea that architecture correlates with several modes of existence is at the same time hardly new. For others, the complicity between media has been part of the establishment of architecture as a discipline from the moment it was founded on the notion of the project rather than simply on the built object (Simonnet 2001).
This issue of Clara is about the contemporary intermedial condition of architecture that might be considered novel yet emerges within a historicity in which that intermediality is an inherent part of architecture.We invite proposals which study how interactions within media function as an engine or design tool within particular projects. Contributions are particularly welcome which analyse the aesthetics of reflexivity: the trafficking between different domains of existence of the architectural project, the displacement of content from one media to another, the blurring of the terrain of publication and advertising. Finally, we encourage the submission of proposals that turn the very format of the academic contribution into an intermedial hybrid. Such a contribution could interrogate the framework of the journal by interweaving collages, drawings, photographs and text.
Proposals for contributions should be submitted to email@example.com by 15 July 2022 and must include an abstract of 500 words, a proposed title, the contributor’s name, academic affiliation (if applicable), e-mail address and a short bio of maximum 100 words in a single PDF. Proposals for contributions may be submitted in English or in French.