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MELANCHOLY

Embodiments in Architecture

MELANCHOLY

Embodiments in Architecture

Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer’s engravings of Melancholy, Knight Death and the Devil, and St. Jerome in his Study, act as symbolic representations of the intellectual, moral, and spiritual, respectively. In Melancholy, Dürer draws from the four clinical humors: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. As described by Hippocrates of Kos in his Nature of Man, deficiency or excess of one of the four elements causes imbalance to the human body. Thus, the psychic state of melancholy is characterized by pathological alteration of humor manifested in intellectual stillness. In his Monsters of Architecture: Anthropomorphism in Architectural Theory (1991), Marco Frascari seeks “the melancholic reader” as the one who “uses bodily and corporal tropes as key images of the essence of architecture. Just as we think architecture with our bodies, we think our bodies through architecture.”
 
In Frascari’s terms, the bodily figure persistently manifests itself to the scale of making, as a genealogical tracing of the impression in techne. So, impression is an ancient soul-carrying figure which travels in time through means of poiesis. Architecture then becomes the vessel – carrier of the mythical, godly, or ideal bodily figures. The necessity of the melancholic condition makes possible the realization of the close relationship between the intelligible and the sensible mirrored in architectural form.

 

The Frascari Symposium VII seeks paper proposals and creative works that focus on the three key elements of melancholy in the architectural imagination: flesh, shadow, and geometry.  

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A Biennial, Themed Symposium, Exhibition and Performances

FRASCARI
SYMPOSIA

The Frascari Symposia honor the memory of sidereal architect, theorist, and educator Marco Frascari (1945–2013). The symposia gather together architectural dreamers, storytellers, and critics to weave their tallest tales in the Vichian tradition as interpreted and represented in architectural theories and histories recounted by Frascari, the “Traumarbeiter” himself. For more information, see the website: http://www.marcofrascaridreamhouse.com.​

In the practice of Plato’s Symposium, we gather to chew on a topic and to digest one another’s points of view with a hefty dose of merriment and conviviality. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite scholars ranging from Ph.D. students to seasoned academics to submit an abstract addressing one of the three thematic categories above: flesh, shadow, and geometry . Presentations will be fifteen minutes each, not including questions and discussions. Well developed submissions will be invited to contribute a full paper to  a future publication.

CALL FOR WORKS

We invite you to contribute an original architectural drawing on the conference theme to be exhibited in conjunction with selected drawings by Marco Frascari. All drawings must be formatted in modules of 11” X 11” (e.g., 11” X 22” or 33” X 33”).

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Paul Emmons is a registered architect and the Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture based at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center where he coordinates the PhD program in Architecture and Design Research and is also Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture, Arts and Design. His research on the history and theory of practices in architecture focuses on drawing and representation issues and has been presented at conferences around the world and is widely published.

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