Understanding the concept of space in cinema: Re-reading Stanley Kubrick exhibitions

Akay, Ayça
This study enhances a critical inquiry into functionalization of the architectural concept 'space‘ in cinema. By questioning the origins and the dialectical relations of cinema with other art forms, it is claimed that cinema establishes representative interactions with architecture in order to transcend the limits of the filmic frame. In the multiplicity of the representations, this study posits the frontiers of cinema are broadened towards the scope of architectural discipline over the objects of art and design in a common intellectual medium of both practices. Here, exhibitions are believed to be open to interventions of inter-disciplinary and artistic contributions to enhance spatial understanding over the products of cinema. The analysis on the concept of space will be made through an adopted classification. Expanding the definition of space as 'physical‘ and 'fictional‘ is asserted to constitute a discursive background to re-approach the term under the representational domains of architecture and cinema. The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition, re-interpreted as a periodic architectural criticism environment, will be the pioneer subject of the thesis in investigation of spatial settings. While offering a mutual platform for architectural and cinematic discourse, the exhibition is claimed to manifest repeatedly used 'tools‘, 'techniques‘, 'approaches‘ and 'scale‘ of spatial practices in the films with the content displayed. The assumption in this study is that making a re-reading over a selection created via the exhibition inventory, provided by Deutsches Filminstitut and Filmmuseum (DFF), the official organizer of the exhibition, with the constructed methodology throughout the thesis will reveal the spatial qualities of cinema in alternative forms.


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Citation Formats
A. Akay, “Understanding the concept of space in cinema: Re-reading Stanley Kubrick exhibitions,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2023.