Interstices 19 - Surface/Pattern

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts
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Surface and ornament are periodically reviewed, discarded and pursued. More recently, there has been an interest in the writing of Aby Warburg, Alois Riegl, Gottfried Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation (see, for example, Papapetros 2012, Payne 2013, van Eck 2014) and digitation (see for example Spuybroek 2008 and Schumacher 2009).

Incrustations, protuberances, textured expressions, smoothed surfaces, surfaces enlivened as screens – are they ornament or cladding? The forthcoming issue of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, “Surface/Pattern”, pursues the tension between ornament, adornment, object enlivenment, cladding, surface and pattern and explores the strange animations inherent in surface-pattern continua.

Thought in one direction, smooth surface tends towards speed and a friction-less gloss; in another, pattern stirs surfaces, inciting decelerating, contemplation, and even deviation. Etymologically, ‘surface’ accords with the revealing of an upper or outward layer, but it also points to things that receive a surface through polishing or finishing. Surface, as a verb, intimates an active surface/depth relationship.

Pattern suggests the imposition of a plan or design that ultimately models or leads back to exemplars and the impact of patrons. Conjunctures of surface-patterns thus encompass rich and complex narrative effects.

This call for papers invites considerations, at a range of scales, of surface-pattern complexes like territory and landscapes, built assemblages and ‘cladding’, interior surfaces, décor and furniture, sculpture or objects of the decorative arts.

For detailed information about thematic focus, submission process, formatting and style, please visit http://interstices.ac.nz/interstices-19/.