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Call for Papers: Framing Space through Architecture and Film, 2018 AAH Annual Conference

Type: Conferences & Symposia [View all]
Posted by: Association for Art History
Deadline: Mon, November 6th, 2017


Association for Art History 2018 Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College London, 5 – 7 April 2018, London

Framing Space through Architecture and Film

Session Convenors: 

Jessica Schouela, University of York,

Hannah Paveck, King’s College London,  

We experience architecture and film as media of duration that unfold in time. The encounter of an embodied spectator or inhabitant with a film or a dwelling is informed principally by motion and the succession of one frame or screen (architectonic and cinematic) to the next. These two modes of construction investigate into the three dimensional occupancy and representation of space as it relates to both bodies and objects, framed within curated and mediated spaces. Instantiating an experience of space that is far more than visual, architecture and film activate both sound and touch, the latter being a mutual and relational ‘commitment’ of the body and the world (Jennifer Barker). 

Adolf Loos famously writes: “it is my greatest pride that the interiors I have created are completely lacking in effect when photographed”. Does film function differently? How have architecture and film represented each other and in which ways do they, either similarly or distinctly, frame or design space? What happens to architecture when it is filmed and how might a building be described in terms of its cinematic qualities (Beatriz Colomina)? 

Moreover, how can film and architecture challenge our perceptual habits? Can film convey atmosphere of space and the built environment (Gernot Böhme)? How might the representation of urban versus domestic narratives (i.e. exterior and interior space) through film result in distinct viewing experiences?  

This panel explores the mutually informing link between architecture and film in an effort to not only open up the limits of these methods of representation but also to look beyond what typically gets included within the history of art. Proposals may address the relationship between architecture and film through ontological comparisons, the framing and representation of space, and/or the phenomenological experience of mediated spaces.

Please submit your proposal for a 25-minute paper to and by Monday 6th November. Proposals should include the title of the paper, a 250-word abstract, and a short bibliographical statement.


Posted on Fri, September 22nd, 2017
Expires on Mon, November 6th, 2017

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