Elevating Mallarmé’s Shipwreck

Dernie, D. 2013. Elevating Mallarmé’s Shipwreck. Buildings. 3 (2), pp. 324-340. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings3020324

TitleElevating Mallarmé’s Shipwreck
TypeJournal article
AuthorsDernie, D.

This paper discusses collage as a means to explore spatial ideas. It concerns the practice of drawing-as-research, the spatiality of drawing and the nature of paper. It questions the homogeneity of digital tools in contemporary practice. It is introduced with a discussion of architectural representation and space with a historical trajectory. It questions an understanding of space-as-geometry and discusses the potential role of non-perspectival drawings and non-digital drawing in current practice. The collage studies focus on the late nineteenth century. Working in the tradition of the collage novel, and with original engravings from the popular French newspaper Le Grande Illustré (1904), the collages work with the thematic structure and spatiality of Stéphane Mallarmé’s revolutionary poem Un Coup de Dés written a few years earlier. In this paper, the spatial and thematic content of Mallarmé’s poem are visualized for the first time. The conclusions of this study concern the role of non-digital drawings in the profession, and the potential of creative “paper technologies” to engage the material imagination at the early stages of a design process. It opens new ground as a study of the spatiality of text, the relationship between dramaturgy and architecture and on the nature of topological drawings.

Journal citation3 (2), pp. 324-340
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings3020324
Publication dates
Published11 Apr 2013

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