Re: [-empyre-] media architecture and cross-cultural influence

Architecture is a visual art, at least in it origins - drawing, and it is the way most people, the blind and visually impaired being obvious exceptions, navigate their daily routes and actions. But really good architecture moves beyond only the visual to incorporate a relation to and a stimulation of the other senses, and this is when architecture is its most powerful. The orchestrating of landscape, which can cause variations in temperature, smell, sound: filtered light and shaded spaces, the smell of vegetation, the sound of leaves rustling. The use of materials to control temperature or impose a sense of weight and pressure on the body - the feeling of being in a cave, or a stone loggia, an arcade or wooden veranda. Materials used for their texture - smooth granite or rough concrete block, polished wood versus brick. Or the difference between being in a space where one can whisper to your partner versus where one must risk laryngitis. A room with a carpet versus hardwood floors versus concrete; they each have an acoustic property and a textural property, as well as a visual characteristic that greatly affects a quality of space.

One certainly must not suspend disbelief to encounter a work of art or a spatial experience. However, when presenting something outside the quotidian one would prefer viewers to approach it with a bit more consideration and engage it, especially in a gallery or museum. With performance, theater, cinema, concerts and some art works (deMaria's "Lightning Field" and some of Turrell's works) require a time commitment from the viewer before one can even see them so the author can expect a certain amount of attention and engagement.

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