The Triptych: Void, Spacetime & Beyond

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dc.contributor.advisor Treadwell, Jeremy Crowe, Julia 2021-09-20T20:33:36Z 2021-09-20T20:33:36Z 2020 en
dc.description.abstract A triptych, from the Greek τρίπτυχον «triptukhon” meaning three plates, is a painting or carving set on three panels. The triptych historically consists of a central panel and two smaller winged panels attached by hinges to the sides [1]. The wings protect the paintings by folding to enclose the triptych. The fundamental purpose of the triptych is an altarpiece that can be transported and used in religious setting [2] displayed for private devotion [3]. This thesis aims to find potential for architectural discourse in the early Flemish Renaissance painting [figure 1]), the Annunciation Triptych (Mérode Altarpiece), created in Tournai [4] 1425 [5] by the workshop of Robert Campin. This work provided an impetus to challenge conventional architectural relationships, through the triptych’s ability to create a freedom of association between its panels. Within the Mérode Altarpiece, the familiar landscape and characters’ clothing are updated in a contemporary visual setting, designed to enthral its audience. Through this representation of time and space the Mérode Altarpiece conflates the period and location of Pre-Christian Palestine. In this inquiry the triptych’s critical analysis will be tested utilising collage, drawing, watercolour, and model making as generative design tools, alongside literary research. The thesis grapples with the complexity of multiple spaces and times represented within the triptych. The investigation into the Mérode Altarpiece led to the reimagining of contemporary architectural drawings. The following thesis argues that the existing conditions of conventional architectural drawing is too limited. Incorporating speculative and alternative additional conditions into orthodox architectural drawing is achieved by embracing the human figure, furniture, and materials. Other methods utilised include integrating parallel stories of diverse perspectives within architectural settings. This thesis contributes towards a legacy within architectural discourse advocating for an imagined future of diversified perspectives and representation.
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dc.title The Triptych: Void, Spacetime & Beyond
dc.type Thesis en Architecture The University of Auckland en Masters en 2021-07-21T10:56:46Z
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