Material Atmospheres: Theorising Recent Shifts in Interior Visualisation

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Issue Vol. 2 No. 1 (2019)
Published Jan 30, 2019
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Gregory Marinic


Much like Walter Benjamin's analysis of the Parisian arcades during the interwar years of the early 20th century, emerging methods of seeing interior spaces reveal a deeper gaze into the contextual, material, and phenomenological conditions that produce more nuanced visions of interiority. A collective consciousness surrounding these constructed narratives is reflected in charged associations with the most salient imperatives of our time—globalisation, resource depletion, ecological degradation, and political instability—as well as their corresponding effects on the built environment. These visual provocations have incrementally percolated up to embody an expanding field of design activism for educators, theorists, practitioners, and students. How do these avant-garde techniques operate?  What do they reveal about socio-political, economic, and consumptive forces shaping the global built environment?  How do these speculative methods offer more critical ways to communicate dynamic conditions? 

Keywords: visualisation, interiors, architecture, aura, materiality, theory, Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari

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Marinic, G. (2019). Material Atmospheres: Theorising Recent Shifts in Interior Visualisation. Interiority, 2(1), 63–78.
Author Biography

Gregory Marinic, University of Kentucky

Gregory Marinic, PhD is an architectural theorist, educator, and practitioner.  He is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Design and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Interiors.  His New York-based architectural practice, Arquipelago, has been awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and American Institute of Architects, as well as exhibited in the AIA Center for Architecture in New York, Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn, Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, TSMD Architecture Center in Ankara, and National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  In 2018, he published The Interior Architecture Theory Reader with Routledge.


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