Wisinski-Oakley, Jennifer A.
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This thesis explores the predominance of vision in architectural representation and the need to move beyond the visual realm, towards a multi-sensory understanding of space. Visual paradigms are undergoing transformations that reconsider the complexity of representational space. Traditionally, architecture's ocularcentricity privileges vision through both representation and the architectural object. Where then, is the architecture of the body? Where is the non-visual interactivity of the body recorded in space? The roles of smell, taste, sound and touch affect the movement of the body through space, but generally take a secondary role with respect to vision. The impact of the 'holistic' body and its experience of space is a necessary constituent of architectural understanding. Our contemporary cultural condition ignites this exploration and provokes an investigation of architectural representation and its connection to a multi-sensory understanding of the body within space. The propagation of information flow and mass consumption has created a global culture of created objects derived from the image. In many ways, this conditioned worldview teaches us to discredit our own sensory equipment. The mimetic proliferation of the image becomes a compelling claim to investigate the production of architecture. Thus the picture frame, as it runs continuously, skimming the eye of the participant, has the potential to be dissolved throughout the body, by activating the other senses--permitting the experience of their participation in the construction of space.