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Frederick Kiesler: From life to architecture - to life.

Ireland, Tim (2018) Frederick Kiesler: From life to architecture - to life. Signs and Media Journal, . (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:66864)

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Abstract

This paper argues there is a correlation between the architect Frederick Kiesler and the biosemiotic project. In so doing it proposes this coupling establishes a framework leading to an architectural-biosemiotic paradigm that puts biosemiotic theory at the heart of cognising the built environment, and offers an approach to shaping the built environment that supports (and benefits) human, and organismic, intelligence.

Uexküll’s understanding of the organism-in-its-environment is, perhaps, the keystone to the inside-outside problematic. Peirce’s sign model and semiotic theory emphasises how cognising, and the inside-outside synthesis, is a condition of sign interpretation. The principle of a difference, underpinning Bateson’s ecological standpoint brings these two positions together to distinguish what has become the biosemiotic project. In this paper I distinguish another individual, Fredeick Kiesler (1890-1965), an Austrian-American architect, theoretician, theatre designer, artist and sculptor whose lifelong project was the unification of the sciences with art, through architecture. I suggest Kiesler provides a theoretical and practical precedent delineating a concrete bridge from the humanities to the biosemiotic project. Kieslers central idea was ‘continuity’, through which he formulated the notion of ‘endless space’; in contradiction to his contemporaries whose formulation of infinite space underpinned the modernist ideal. Kielsers Manifesto of Correalsim is the bridge, which I propose provides a concrete means for applying biosemiotic thinking in the humanities, most significantly in architectural design and theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Frederick Kiesler, Jacob von Uexküll, biosemiotics, architectural theory
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Tim Ireland
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 15:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66864 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ireland, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7845-8834
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