Alexis Rochas discusses the representation of figure, architecture and landscape in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Raphael. Rochas discusses Piero della Francisca in terms of a shift from intuition to geometry, and the integration of architectural elements. He discusses how Andrea Mantegna used perspective to open up space and compositional techniquesto collapse depth. Raphael integrated complex arrangements of fully rounded figures in carefully defined space.
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Peter Cook discusses mobile architecture and his passion for projects that investigate human involvement. He describes the freedom to create part to whole relationships in contemporary architecture. Cook stresses simplicity, style, and similarity, illustrating them with an entry in a tower competition.
Schmidt and Daniel answer questions from the audience. They discuss the editing and composition process in their work. Later, they elaborate on some of their collaborative work with other artists.
Later, they discuss their use of the term “assemblage,” and acknowledge the influence of musique concr?te, the process of creating music from found sound sources. Matmos then performs their recent work, “The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast.” They talk further about the issue of imposing coherence onto their assemblages. They identify the application of craft and pop sensibilities as a way to make their work more accessible.
Peter Cook begins by discussing his fascination with apparent randomness, and how it is achieved through an alternative sense of order. He stresses the importance of inspiration from non-architectural objects, such as music and landscape, and in his own work, and how this translates into an ordered architectural communication through drawing. Topics include Archigram, his Shadow House, Veg Village, Plug-In City, residential projects in Berlin and Moscow, his own residence, and the research project Super Houston.