We received the following call for papers:
Archiletture – Narrative forms between architecture and literature
At the centre of attention of this conference are the relationships between literature and architecture. Such relationships are not merely references found in works of literature to architectonically significant concepts or places; rather this conference aims at exploring the possibility of deeper structural relationships between these two disciplines.
Modern design processes, in their ideational and operative means, exalt visual instruments confining writing mainly to theory or to bureaucracy. But architecture is forced to imagine past and present lives flowing within its spaces and giving them form. As a consequence, architecture implies a narrative in its creation as long as it deals with possible inhabitants and assumes them and their bodies as a measure. On the other side, literature invents lives and in outlining these lives is forced to conceive frame, structure and forms of space and places where actions and concrete lives occur, considering their transformation in time as well.
At the centre of interest of this conference are case studies in which structural affinities between literature and architecture are central elements in the creative process.
Architectonic form as a matrix for a literary work
Proposals for this section should focus attention on literary works whose matrix is an architectonic form, that is to say an archetypal form, an object, a building or a city. The latter, as a “matrix image”, can be visual, oneiric, plastic or metaphoric. Situated at the centre of a representative and aesthetic universe they generate forms and propose new ways to represent space and its figures or new narrative models, devices and strategies.
The constructivist and productive nature of the relationship between architectonic space and literary space that has its illustrious precursor in the Proustian “cathedral” or in the Borgesian “labyrinth” can be found in the multiplicity of the paradigm of “global” works, such as cycles, serial novels, long narratives and world novels, as well as in the theoretical and poietic project that explores the formal laws embedded in the spatial setting-up of the work, opens up its possible worlds, reinvents its relationship with reality and with the way it belongs to the world and the world to it.
Narrative structures in the architectonic project
This section addresses works of architecture – drawing, texts, constructions – in which writing has a non-subsidiary role in the creative process and in this way provides a way to include in the projects the circumstantial element of the kind of existence that one imagines in the places or in the objects to be designed and realized. The search for a narrative structure in architectonical projects addresses both the creative processes based on literary procedures – the moment of ideation when a place or an object is created prior to its graphic realization and its program defines the articulation of the project not merely in functional terms – and the use of writing at every stage of project development, in particular with reference to the relationship between visual image and written text. At the centre of attention here are all those literary genres that find an application in architecture – essay, cahier, captions and paratexts related to the different phases of conception – provided that they give a substantial contribution to the ideation or construction of architectonical forms understood in all their possible meanings and without limitations of scale.
Presentation of abstracts and selection of the papers
Abstracts in Italian or in English no longer than 2.000 characters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct. 30, 2016.
The abstract should be accompanied by a short curriculum (500 characters).
The Scientific Committee should select 24 papers.
100 euro for academic staff
50 euro for independent researchers