Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Re-imaging antiquities in Lincoln Park: Digitized public museological interactions in a post-colonial world
by Whittaker, Daniel Joseph, M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 2015, 135; 10007515
Abstract (Summary)

The study of an architecture of autonomy consists of theoretical investigations into the realm of building types where a sole use or purpose is manifest in a structure that could, site provided, be constructed. However, provisions that conventional architecture traditionally provide are not present in these explorations. Technological advancements such as indoor plumbing, electric lights, and vertical conveyance systems in the form of elevators and escalators are excluded. Platonic geometric form-making are instead thoroughly investigated, imagined, and manipulated for the purposes of creating new spatial experiences. The desired resultant is an architecture of singularity, an architecture of fantastical projection.

Through a series of two theoretical ritual-based investigations, three-dimensional form manipulation and construction of proportioned scale models, the essence of elements that compose a spatial experience contributed to a collection of metaphorical tools by which the designer may use to build a third imagined reality: the re-imagination of the archetypal museum. A building whose purpose is not solely to house ancient objects in a near hermetically-sealed environment, free of temperature, humidity and ultra-violet light aberrations, but is a re-imagined. A structure meant to engage the presence of two seemingly divergent communities: the local patron/visitor and the extreme distant denizen.

This paper also examines key contemporary global artists’ work and their contributions to the fragmentation / demolition of architectural assemblages for the purposes of re-evaluating the familiar vernacular urban landscape while critically positioning the rôle of both the artifact and gallery in shaping contemporary audience’s museum experiences.

The power of the internet and live-camera broadcasting of images utilizing both digital image recording and full-scale screen-projections enable the exploration of “transporter-type” virtual-reality experiences: the ability to inhabit an art work’s presumed original in situ location, while remaining in Chicago as a visitor within a vernacular multi-tenant masonry structure: vacated, evicted, and deconstructed for the purposes of displaying art amidst a new urbane ruin. The complexities of this layered experience is meant to simultaneously displace and interrupt a typical set of so-called a priori gallery expectations while providing the expectant simulacrum that video cameras and screens provide, whetting a contemporary patron’s appetite.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mimica, Vedran
Commitee: Miller, Jonathan, Sabatino, Michelangelo, Schachman, Andrew
School: Illinois Institute of Technology
Department: Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Art Criticism, Architecture, Museum studies
Keywords: Adaptive reuse, Ando, Tadao, Art galleries, Contemporary art, East Asian art, Museums
Publication Number: 10007515
ISBN: 9781339448350
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