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Notating not knowing: The oceanic challenge to format and medium

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Armstrong, Simone Ferracina, Dr Christos Kakalis, Dr Rolf Hughes


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While format is usually related to visuality, precision and instrumentality, medium disentangles matter in ways that encourage the emergence of a plasticity beyond recognizable, visible or predictable modes of being and making. The paper explores the tension between the notions of “format” and “medium,” and seeks to dissolve the boundaries [SF1] of the liminal area that simultaneously divides and connects them – an area characterized by fluidity and openness, by a sense of liquidity and by an oceanic understanding of reality that raises questions and begs for a symbolic and ethical reconsideration of embodied/performative design studies [Steinberg, P. & Peters, K. (2015). Wet ontologies, fluid spaces: giving depth to volume through oceanic thinking, Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, 33, pp. 247-264]

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Author(s): Armstrong R, Ferracina S, Kakalis C, Hughes R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Edinburgh Architecture Research

Year: 2020

Volume: 36

Pages: 14-34

Acceptance date: 29/06/2017

Date deposited: 29/06/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2752-3845

Publisher: The University of Edinburgh; Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture