Under a black sun : Alchemies of passage

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dc.contributor.advisor Simmons, L en
dc.contributor.author Nathoo-Madhoo, Kaushik en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-28T02:41:27Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33810 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis contemplates moments of transformation as speculative psychological and physical interior conditions along an imagined, drawn journey. Derived from the journeys shared by both travellers and alchemists in search of an authentic self, stages of transformation are used to speculate on architecture’s potential change of state and role as both monument and vessel for these conditions of interiority. Proceeding through a series of drawn experiments, this exploration interprets the elaborate procedures of alchemy & mythic narrative outlining a framework for drawing and architectural speculation of transformations of state as it identifies moments of an emergent self through connection with landscape. Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist frames the inquiry into the spatial role of the journey over several stages, as the position of the novel’s protagonist is utilised in order to explore the role of extreme landscapes in the process of transformation. The novel’s stages of immersion, transition and displacement frame this thesis’s enquiry into the relationships of identity and landscape in seeking an existence within the liminal. The elaborate transformative procedures of alchemy, enacted and embodied both psychologically and physically, are interpreted to cast speculation on the coalescing interiority of landscape ‘and self ’. Such alchemical journeys seek to unite the interior of nature with that of the alchemist’s own psyche, conducting laborious procedures in the hope of achieving such transformation. Conditions of interiority are understood in this thesis as discussed within a psychoanalytical context by Professor of Architecture Charles Rice. Within such a framework, conditions of interiority adopt a physical and psychological manifestation, as physical objects are argued to reflect and inform a spatialisation of a psychological interior. Following this passage of thought, this thesis considers drawings to be objects that may act as mediator between physical and psychological interiority. This visual inquiry establishes seven stages of transformations of state, exploring the transient relationship between traveller and landscape. These moments serve as drawn and architectural markers for these points of transformation, speculating on the role of architecture as a vessel of connection between extreme landscapes and travellers, each through the interior. Aligned with the novel, this thesis proposes a spatial pilgrimage, outlined over seven stations, which may serve to displace the wayward traveller along an imagined journey toward an alternate centre, marking moments of transformation through the interior. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264957608602091 en
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dc.title Under a black sun : Alchemies of passage en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 633203 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-06-28 en


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