Homes and houses, 4 rue du Nez-en-Vrac, 33800, Bordeaux embodied memory: Stories of inhabited souvenirs

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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Arkkitehtuurin, maisema-arkkitehtuurin ja sisustusarkkitehtuurin maisteriohjelma
This Master's Thesis analyses mechanisms and representations of weird and poetic architecture, more precisely in homes. The aim is to understand how depictions of such spaces take form and what they can reveal about us and the way we inhabit them. This Master's Thesis uses both experimental, artistic, and theoretical approaches. I employ a qualitative method and first gather readings and references on the subject. These materials include argumentative, philosophical, analytical, and theory-based texts, as well as poetry, cinema, paintings, and other artworks. In order to guide this research, I focus on my own ex-perience of homes. This research is framed by theoretical texts, such as Iris Marion Young's "House and Home: Feminist Variations on a Theme" from the essay Throwing like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment Motility and Spatiality, Gaston Bachelard's La Poétique de l'Espace, and Juhani Pallasmaa's The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, as well as by design and artistic experimentation. This study intends to contribute to the field of architecture theory research as well as our current practice of spaces, whether it is from a designer's point of view or from an inhabitant's. Besides the theoretical study, this Master's Thesis takes the form of an artist book in which I experiment with a wide variety of mediums, such as wood, bundle dyeing, sewing, embroidery, book binding, letter press, gold gilding letters, bone china, risograph printing, paper pop-up making, and drawing. It embodies the whole theoretical research components and represents its dualities: home/house, mind/senses, theory/practice, professional/amateur, poetic/weird. The form and materials also reflect these dualities: the architect side, professional, heavily gendered as masculine, with the use of wood, architectural models and house; and the artist aspect, amateur, with the use of bone china, fabrics, the home, the dollhouse, and is gendered as feminine. Making this artist book is a way for me to put everything into practice, to do for the sake of doing, and to reflect on my own experiences of home as a dweller and as an architect.
Reuter, Jenni
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Vartola, Anni
theory, feminism, architecture, home, house, philosophy, phenomenology, domestic
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