Title page for ETD etd-01202005-102411

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Silva, Camile A.
Author's Email Address csilva2@lsu.edu
URN etd-01202005-102411
Title Liquid Architectures: Marcos Novak's Territory of Information
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Susan E. Ryan Committee Chair
Mark Zucker Committee Member
Michael Desmond Committee Member
  • cyberspace
  • cybernetics
  • algorithms
  • multimedia
Date of Defense 2004-12-09
Availability unrestricted
The idea of interactivity between humans and their environment no longer represents the only way of exploring new experiences. Equally passé is the idea that information constitutes the means for this interaction. However, this paper presents that the contemporary idea for interaction has embraced new understandings of the content of experience and the structure of space. New electronic technologies and advanced digital media have separated realities from the realm of the body and transformed experiences into a ubiquitous event. The architectural discourse, that once has been largely a discourse of form and style, has finally overcome those limitations and has encountered, in spatial images, the product of a new way of thinking. Marcos Novak emerges, in this context of cybernetics and multimedia, as an innovative creator, whose “liquid architectures” represent a step forward in breaking up with the traditional discourse of physicality. His creations are meant for a virtual domain and information is what structures this new territory for architectural practice.

The words of philosophers and scholars of new media culture are also presented as evidences of an approach to virtual spaces either through aspects of the bodily existence and modes of experience, or through the metaphoric manifestation of codes and symbols, posited by Novak’s structures. This paper confronts those phenomenological and poststructural approaches and states that they also have become outdated. New senses have been attained through the crossbreeding between the reality of the individual and the virtuality of the structure. A strong concept of space then comes forward, where the manifestation of mind in the realm of the body calls for what is to be perceived as real. Architecture is now characterized by the fusion of information, art, and technology.

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