Inscriptions: Narrating the Spatial Dynamics of the Immaterial Interior

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Issue Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021)
Published Jan 29, 2021
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Submitted : Apr 1, 2020 | Accepted : Nov 7, 2020


This paper explores inscription as a projection of the spatial dynamics of a setting, beyond a historical or cultural symbol in a context, and highlights that inscription—a written or carved message on a surface—is an element that immaterially demonstrates a more in-depth narrative of an interior. This paper focuses on exploring inscriptions embedded in various production settings in Jakarta and Central Java, collecting individual and observational accounts on the production of such inscriptions and their meanings. The study suggests that inscriptions demonstrate various roles, from providing information, mediating different spaces and performing as tools to assist activities. Inscriptions may traverse the trajectories of different spaces and exist in different layers of time, creating an interior connection across space and time. These layers and trajectories project the dynamics of material and bodily processes, assembling the immaterial interior.

Keywords: inscription, immaterial interior, temporality, palimpsest

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Wahid, A. R., Paramita, K. D., & Yatmo, Y. A. (2021). Inscriptions: Narrating the Spatial Dynamics of the Immaterial Interior. Interiority, 4(1), 43–62.
Author Biographies

Arif Rahman Wahid, Universitas Indonesia

Arif Rahman Wahid is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Architecture, Universitas Indonesia. After graduating with a bachelor degree in Interior Architecture from the same department, he pursued his master degree in the MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and graduated in 2016. His practice focuses on how a story and its representation unfolded in space and time. Arif’s interests in everyday architecture, graphic, and narrative drive him to community engagements, exhibitions, and temporary architectural projects while integrating various media in the space.

Kristanti Dewi Paramita, Universitas Indonesia

Kristanti Dewi Paramita has taught architecture at Universitas Indonesia since 2010 before being appointed full-time lecturer in 2012. She completed her MA and PhD by Design in School of Architecture at University of Sheffield, UK. Her current research takes particular interest in situated knowledge produced by spatial and material practice, understanding how such knowledge shapes architectural design methods. She has worked extensively in action research projects and educational environment design, developing the design models and constructing them together with a variety of stakeholders from disaster-impacted communities, autistic children, local kampung dwellers, to public school institutions.

Yandi Andri Yatmo, Universitas Indonesia

Yandi Andri Yatmo is a professor of architecture at Universitas Indonesia. His current works are primarily on design theories and methods and their relevance to design practice. He is particularly interested in developing research-based design as well as various design approaches that are rooted in society's everyday life and community participation. Yandi was awarded Kenneth H. Murta Prize in Architecture from the University of Sheffield in 2001, Holcim Award Asia Pacific in 2011, FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2019, National Lecturer Award in 2012, IAI Jakarta Award in 2012 and a number of design competition prizes at national and international levels.


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