Author Archives: Valerie Mace

Exploring mental space

“Beyond situations that have been experienced, discover situations that have been dreamed”  Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958, p.29) Perceptual Motion is a short animated film created using a range of time based media techniques. The narrative highlights the … Continue reading

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Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the Royal Academy

This review of the exhibition is inspired by personal insights acquired during my visits complemented by information from the exhibition catalogue. Exhibition curator:  Kate Goodwin References Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. Royal Academy publication catalogue of the exhibition, 2014. Jay Merrick ‘Doors … Continue reading

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Spatial Experience 2014 at the RCA

Following a successful talk on Spatial Experience at the Royal College of Art in 2013, I was invited again to share my research interests in this area and this time it was filmed! I introduced RCA students to environmental perceptions in … Continue reading

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Exhibition as theatre

This project is part of a case study of Medicine Now, a permanent exhibition on Biomedical science at the Wellcome Collection in Euston, London. The Wellcome Collection positions itself as a direct competitor to the Tate or the V&A so … Continue reading

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Olafur Eliasson – playing with space and light

I discovered Olafur Eliasson’s work when I went to Tate Modern to see the Weather project. It was such an amazing and unforgetable experience. In this video he very eloquently explores the ideas behind some of his projects.

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Caruso St John for Tate Britain

Between 2010 and 2013 Tate Britain underwent an extensive refurbishment programme, under the direction of the London-based practice Caruso St John, ‘to improve the architectural quality and coherence of the building‘1. The work includes the interior remodelling of the original … Continue reading

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Ambiances

I recently discovered the International Ambiances Network who held their 2013 conference ‘ambiances in translation’ in London. Unfortunately I missed it but the recordings of the conference are available on their website. Information and recordings on other conferences are also … Continue reading

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The Design Dimension BBC

In each episode of ‘The Design Dimension’ charts a different aspect of our relationship to design – desire, damage, choice and, finally, truth. Desire explores sensory aspects of our environments, notably its olfactive characteristics. Episode 1 – Design and Desire

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On foreground, middleground and background

In cinematic storytelling the camera moves along the coordinates of our environment with X as the horizontal axis, Y as the vertical axis and Z representing the depth. The Z axis is effectively an imaginary line that runs from the … Continue reading

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Adjusted view

“Only rarely does a psycho-analyst feels impelled to engage in aesthetics investigations, even when aesthetics is not restricted to the theory of beauty, but described as relating to the qualities of our feeling. He works in other strata of the … Continue reading

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