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Library Interventions : Sharon Kivland


Services for this intervention are informed by a practice of drawing and installation, using textiles and textile installation to explore embroidery, cloth, skins, and the fragmented body. The integrated approach of considering both theory and practical conceptions would support themes on the fragmented body and the uncanny.

Applied to dynamic spatial systems and organisation in art and architecture, this transfers comfortably into the architectural role of categorisations and systems found in the library to write the body. Luce Irigaray and Jane Rendell, writing on female language and architecture, critique the position and nature of language to shift towards possible dynamic fluid written spaces; a suitable crate of knowledge fit for your purpose.

Bodies: in the sense of physical appreciation of space and bodies as systems that organise an interior space. The Library is an interior and organised space, and the bodies work in passageways and labyrinths according to an ordered and rational approach. They are rational bodies. Irigaray’s poetic structures and the diagonal line method[1] provides an enticing body of knowledge to interrupt, making fragmented bodies and structures as a critique of organised rational language, body, and space.

Denkbild (thought-images) as poetic, philosophical descriptions, as an appositional approach to the Dewey system, offer a response to Irigaray’s poetic structures and a method of cataloguing aspects of the library space according to fragmented bodies.

Undoubtedly once a body is fragmented, whether it is as a body of space or pathways of bodies, an uncanny sensing of space can occur. As interested studious slave, a body of knowledge will be produced including Freud, Irigaray to Rendell[2], to scope the uncanny to uncanny fragmented bodies. The additional consideration of Anthony Vidler’s work on uncanny architecture[3], to the fragmented body provides a method to shred both body and space will be adopted.

Anticipated outcomes, subject to development:

 Areas of knowledge identified may be presented as a reference document using all the necessary binary and cataloguing systems to warrant a thorough body of knowledge linked to the subject of architecture, language, and the uncanny under the theme fragmented bodies. The nature of presentation can be considered in other themes the master has identified such as surface, embroidery, and skin, to produce a report both useful and tactile.

 Knowledge and practice will inform an intervention, adopting Denkbild and surface application to negotiate the library space through irrational and fragmented bodies, interrupting systemised space.

[1]. Peg Rawes, Irigaray for Architects, London: Routledge, 2007) p.68.  Diagonal Line – Irigary comments that mathematical closed geometric drawing limits and omits spatio-temporal social relations, and asks for the diagonal line which expresses the gap between finite material order and inherent material infinity. The library and its contents are considered to hold these two binary positions of finite and infinite materiality, to be revealed through the alternative Dewey system.

[2]. Jane Rendell, Gender Space Architecture , London: Routledge, 2000.

[3]. Anthony Vidler, The Architectural Uncanny; Essay in the Modern Unhomely, Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, 1992.

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