Transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production

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2011
Özden, Başak
The goal of this thesis is to study the transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production. By questioning architectural production as a non-static process open to alteration and intervention, this condition is claimed to enlarge the frontiers of architecture in terms of interdisciplinary contributions and new design methods. Inspired by the course ARCH 524, conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşen Savaş in the METU Department of Architecture, this study aims to understand the possible ways of transforming architectural space by the defined function of exhibition. The condition of exhibiting is claimed to manifest a “temporary” and reciprocal relation between the architectural space and the artwork; therefore, it redefines architectural space as a temporary entity open to intervention.For this reason, “site-specific artwork” is believed to play a pragmatic role in the creation of the “new space”. This study will focus on the selected works of the artist Esther Stocker. Stocker’s productions offer systematic and analytic (re)readings that analyze and decipher spatial qualities. Her productionsare claimed to shift the conventional definitions of architectural terminology and introduce physical, visual and cultural/social levels of understanding both for the built, and the yet-to-be-built space. Throughout this study, the transformation process is commonly referred to as (re)construction, and/or (re)definition, which will, at the end of the process, generate a “new space” open to continuous transformation. The analysis of the same space will provide new intellectual agents for the promotion of theoretical methods in architectural education and practice.