Architecture Of Depth: Gravicells as a Critical Spatial Practice in the 21st Century

Choi, Jung E.
This essay provides a comprehensive analysis of Gravicells (2004), by Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichigawa as an architectural experimentation of the twenty-first century media that materializes virtual dimensions of our spatiotemporal experiences. This project explores points of overlap and spaces of co-operation between art, architecture and technology that operate as experiential interfaces generating alternative experiences of space. In particular, this essay examines virtual operations behind the perception of space that reveals itself as the primordial spatiality grounding the interconnectedness of bodies and spaces through affective engagement in Gravicells. By inviting participants into a data-saturated environment that visualizes gravitational relations, Gravicells offers an affective experience of the intrinsic interconnectedness of the space and the participant's body as well as a sense of space that opens up across time and space. To unpack this complex spatiotemporality of the embodied experience of Gravicells, the essay provides a phenomenological reconstruction of the notion of depth. Challenging academic and conventional designations of the notion of depth and reconstruct its phenomenological dimension that comprises both distance and voluminosity; distance reveals the immediate link between the subject and the world, while voluminosity describes an atmospheric dimension that indicates the possibility of voluminous bodies involved in the world. As both an origin and a means of enveloping the subject in the world, depth is best understood as the general milieu or primary condition that grounds the continuous inter-implication between body, time, and space; depth supports their envelopment, while they are fundamentally all structured in depth. In this study, thus, depth is no longer treated as an abstract geometrical space that is indirectly inferred from two-dimensional retinal images but as the primary spatial medium that supports the coexistence of the world. By materializing the structure of depth, Gravicells radically reframes the sense of space, and surfaces our understanding of the ways in which we define ourselves in relation to others and environments.


Architecture and public dialogue : an evaluation of the role of architecture centers
Demirel, Buket; Erkılıç, Mualla; Department of Architecture (2005)
This thesis points out the transformation in the visions of architectural institutions about architecture-public dialogue, the interrelations of architect-client to architecture-the public, in a historical perspective. It states that architecture center as a phenomenon has been emerged with the transformation of the consideration of the functions of architectural institutions from merely guaranteeing competence and integrity to stimulating awareness, accessibility, participation and collaboration of both pr...
An analysis of the conservation of the twentieth century architectural heritage in Turkey : the case of Ankara
Elmas, Nimet; Altan, Tomris Elvan; Department of History of Architecture (2005)
This thesis examines the twentieth century architecture from the perspective of conservation. The criteria of conservation have changed as the idea of conserving a single monument has progressed into the acceptance of the need to conserve different cultural properties and the field has been enriched with new notions, such as the twentieth century architectural heritage. The main concern in this thesis is to present these current debates about and developments in the conservation of the twentieth century arc...
Adoption and utilization of information systems in an emerging Turkish industrial rown : a case study on Gaziantep
Salihoğlu, Yasemin; Bilgen, Semih; Department of Information Systems (2003)
This thesis analyzes factors motivating and inhibiting the adoption of information systems in enterprises in Gaziantep by a scale generated on Rogers̕ theory of diffusion of innovation. These factors are grouped into four as administrative, technological, environmental, and organizational characteristics in the scale built. Structured interview method was used while collecting the data. It was interviewed with 20 firms, operating in various sectors in Gaziantep. Results of the study showed that, within the ...
Transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production
Özden, Başak; Savaş Sargın, Ayşen; Department of Architecture (2011)
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 way...
Analysis and Design of Multichannel Systems for Perceptual Sound Field Reconstruction
De Sena, Enzo; Hacıhabiboğlu, Hüseyin; Cvetkovic, Zoran (2013-08-01)
This paper presents a systematic framework for the analysis and design of circular multichannel surround sound systems. Objective analysis based on the concept of active intensity fields shows that for stable rendition of monochromatic plane waves it is beneficial to render each such wave by no more than two channels. Based on that finding, we propose a methodology for the design of circular microphone arrays, in the same configuration as the corresponding loudspeaker system, which aims to capture inter-cha...
Citation Formats
J. E. Choi, “Architecture Of Depth: Gravicells as a Critical Spatial Practice in the 21st Century,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 1–12, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: