Slicing Spaces

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  • Title: Slicing Spaces: Performance of Architecture in Cinema
  • Author(s): Gul Kacmaz Erk , Rebecca Jane Mc Connell
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Keywords: Interiors, enclosure, limits, confinement, embodiment, environment, spatial experience, perception, psychology, emotion, architecture of the city, the urban, western cities, Berlin, New York, futurology, utopia/dystopia, science fiction, fantasy, the imagined city, contemporary cities, reality, urban living, perceiving and experiencing the city.
  • Date: May 26, 2023
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-957792-09-5
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-957792-10-1
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-957792-11-8
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Kacmaz Erk, Gul , and Rebecca Jane Mc Connell. 2023. Slicing Spaces: Performance of Architecture in Cinema. Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-957792-11-8/CGP.
  • Extent: 543 pages

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As suggested in the title, "Slicing Spaces: Performance of Architecture in Cinema," this project slices through the multifaceted layers of film space. The text investigates how architecture performs as an altruist, proving that environed space is not merely a backdrop in film scenes, but an active performing character. The performance of architecture varies depending on what the filmmakers wish the viewer to feel, whether it is fear, compassion or joy. Considerations take an interdisciplinary approach, not solely observing film and architecture but also studying the likes of urbanism, politics, philosophy, history, psychology, art and design. The substantial spectrum of opinions from contributing authors allows the reader to absorb the diverse relationships of architecture in cinema, inviting the reader to form their own opinions on the topic and inspiring a new way of thinking. "Slicing Spaces" explores the interconnected relationship between architecture and film via distinct approaches to spaces of the city, confinement, actuality, the psyche and the imagination. Diverse views on cinematic architecture are probed, such as the psychological ramifications of film architecture, the portrayals of the city as a character and the potentials of exploring fantastic places in film. Overall, the book focuses on the authoritative contribution of architecture to the realm of filmmaking. It uncovers a path to look at lived spaces of architectural design from an alternative perspective, be it interiors, buildings or cities. Utilising the architectural ingenuity of drawings and graphics, the collection takes the reader on a visual journey as well as one through narratives.