Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Jung, Woo-Ram URN etd-10152010-173901 Title Absorbing Darkness Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair Doan, Patrick A. Committee Member Galloway, William U. Committee Member Keywords
- Absorbing Darkness
Date of Defense 2010-09-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractBeams of light can create volumes of darkness that help define an experience. That is an experience of darkness. Light and darkness in the enclosed space make me respond to myself.
It is a canyon empty of everything, yet filled with the total absence of light. And the quality of this darkness is uniquely bewildering, what's more, a thick and viscous mass of black air that seems to brush against your face, limitless and seething. It is darkness visible.
Darkness forces me to be isolated from the world. Without any external input, I start to talk to and hear from myself. As well as, I start to feel my body from top to toe with all senses except for the sense of sight. It goes slowly, and the interaction with myself, which is experiencing darkness, puts my mind in calm.
In that level of calm, the experience of darkness wanes as we adjust to the environment, gradually becoming aware of people and walls and even faint shadows.
This project is an attempt at designing spaces that allows a person to be absorbed in darkness.
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