Occupation: ruin, repudiation, revolution: constructed space conceptualized

Occupation: ruin, repudiation, revolution: constructed space conceptualized

by Dianne Smith, Lynn Churchill

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Bringing together an international range of contributors from the fields of practice, theory and history, this book takes a fresh look at occupation. It argues that occupation is a prospect that begins with ruin--a residue from the past, an implied or even a resounding presence of something previous that holds the potential for transformation. This prospect invites us to repudiate, re-imagine and re-define lived space, thereby asserting occupation as an act of revolution.

Authors drawn from the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior architecture, dance dramaturgy, art history, design and visual arts, cultural studies and media studies provide a unique, holistic view of occupation, examining topics such as: the authority of architecture; architecture as an act of revolution; women in hypersexual space; occupation as a serialized act of ruin; and the definition of space as repudiation. They discuss how acts that re-invent territory and/or shift boundaries--psychological, social and physical--affect identity and demonstrate possession.

This theme of occupation is significant and topical at a time of radical flux, generated by the proliferation of hypermedia, and also by the dramatically shifting environmental, political and economic context of this era. The book concludes by asserting that it is through occupation (private and public: real, virtual, remembered, re-invented) that we appear or disappear as the individual or collective self, because the spaces we construct assert particular agendas which we may either contest or live in accord with.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472440655
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 06/28/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Dr Lynn Churchill is Head of the Interior Architecture Program at Curtin University, Australia. Dr Dianne Smith is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Built Environment at Curtin University.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Charles Rice; Introduction: what?, Lynn Churchill and Dianne Smith. Part I Ruin: Damnatio memoriae: interiors and the art of forgetting, Edward Hollis; Self-ruining and situated vagrancy: the geography of performance, Benedict Anderson; ‘Crude hints towards an history of my house in L[incoln’s] I[nn] Fields’: occupying ruin, Lynn Churchill. Part II Repudiation: Tragedy and assimilation: occupying the patterned surface, Kirsty Volz; Ordinary things, domestic space and photography: Takashi Yasumura’s interiors, Jane Simon; Seeing the unseen: this is not an interior, Vanessa Galvin. Part III Revolution: Occupying Utopia: collusion, persuasion, revolution, Lynn Churchill; Hypersexual occupations, Nicole Kalms; With feet firmly planted on unstable ground, Jesse O’Neill; An insane perspective to the occupation of interiors, Dianne Smith. Index.

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