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Title: Lyrical space : the construction of space in contemporary architecture, art and literature in Argentina
Author: Mizrahi, M. X.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 9634
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis proposes that since 1990 a significant part of contemporary Argentine literature, art and architecture has been characterized by an identifiable quality: spatial lyricism. This new quality manifests in the spatial the aesthetic values that identify the lyric principle, normally related to sound and the verbal. The aim is to define ‘lyrical space’, and to show that space-making processes that validate introspective approaches in literature and visual arts can lead to the emergence of new form and content in architectural space, giving relevance to subjective experience and to the affective response induced in the user. Framed in neo-baroque aesthetics, the evidence puts experience, emotion, memory and identity as the critical material for the construction of space, inducing an ‘exceptional’ state of mind in the user/reader/spectator that recaptures the subjective dimension of seventeenth-century Baroque. A selection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, several novellas by César Aira, and a lyrical essay by Alejandra Pizarnik, are read in relation to the visual work of Guillermo Kuitca, Fabián Marcaccio, Lucio Fontana, Leandro Erlich, Dino Bruzzone, Tomás Saraceno and my own. The investigation explores the literary principles on lyricism, linking Hegel’s Aesthetics to post-structuralist thinking, and the category of the figural. To support the analysis further, interviews conducted by myself and by others are also used. Several aspects are unique about the project. The literary is located in the spatial, while the material is located between the spatial and the self. This collision of reading literary work centred on the construction of space, with the reading of spatial qualities in the visual and the verbal in terms of their aesthetic affective response—the emotional effect it arouses—has not been attempted before. The aesthetic affinities that emerge from the interdisciplinary analysis are also new.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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