Salgado de la Rosa, María Asunción
In: "SEAM Symposium 2009", 7 al 20 de septiembre de 2009, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-55805-9.
Beyond a mere interdisciplinary relationship, the symbiosis of cinema, body and architecture
conveys an illusion: showing a dreamt architecture.
The vision of architecture through a cinematographic filter facilitates infinite possibilities, from
creating habitability conditions in impossible spaces to endowing architecture with
Aspects such as movement or dematerialization, in principle far from classic architectural
values, have a familiar ring due to experiences gained in cinema.
Likewise, in recent decades architecture has dared to carry out spatial experiments whose only
objective is experimentation on the interrelation between body and space. Despite the
importance of this question to the perception of certain architecture, during many years
architects absented themselves from this field of experimentation. In the majority of the cases,
as mere spectators, they limited themselves exclusively to observe the proposals of some
artists and film-makers who transformed space just in another plastic material.
Many of these proposals of "space alteration" were left in the dust, however, some of them
established a basis for certain events to come which would change forever the traditional ways
of understanding space.
This new perception emerging from cinematic images poses new processes of connectivity
between body and space, as we may observe in some of the works of the US Americans Diller
& Scofidio, intimately related to new technologies. Others, like Philippe Rahm, focus on the
fusion of biological and sensorial aspects of life forms in determinate spaces. Some like the
Fabric team propose a deliberate alteration of perceiving the interior-exterior interaction of
habitable spaces by means of addition and fusion.
None of the above is science fiction, but we can elaborate a new architectural map with clear