Structure, symbolism & composition

2006.07.12 (Wednesday, July 12)

we (in general terms) seem happier if there’s something we can believe keeps it up. [Comment thanks to Eloise Pasteur]

We need to believe that the roof won’t fall in on our heads (both realistically and symbolically) in order to have a stress free, spatial experience. Humans have become psycho-spatially cabled this way through their collective, evolved experiences with material, physics, cities and structures over the past 10.000 years. But this is more complicated than simply putting a column under a slab to create the illusion or symbol that signals “this roof won’t fall in.” Our psycho-spatial receptors have come to accept something as stable (safe, secure) based on compositional relationships that are dependent on weight, equilibrium and relative position, more so than unsubstantiated symbolism. Thus, spatial expression in SL, from this perspective, is constructed from the precise proportion, static equilibrium (or lack of it), weight and orientation of objects, more so than symbolic or historical reference.
Melnikov, Parking Garage, Paris
By basing complex spatial environments on RL constructive techniques, linking them through whimsical inference, spaces whose usages, physics and material properties could not be any more antonymic to builds in SL , is inconsistent and counter-productive.


2 Responses to “Structure, symbolism & composition”

  1. Carson Noel Says:

    If only I had a greenback for every time I came to… Superb post.

  2. If I had a greenback for every time I came to… Superb writing!

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