Architecture is a time-based art-form unfolding in different time scales; a building reveals itself by speaking to the senses as we progress through spaces, accentuated by the changing light and tactility of materials. Parallel to that experience, processes of decay expand beyond immediate sensation. They expose haptic aspects intrinsic to the materials’ properties and extrinsic to human use and interaction. These are all qualities at the core of advanced composition, yet Artistic Research in architecture is not very prevalent partly due to its lack of identification within the arts, in dialectical tension with its functional prerequisites. Christine Petersen has focused exactly on the alleged border between art and architecture: by blurring and weaving them together, she investigates architecture between its artistic and performative essence. The unique diversity of time scales inherent to materialization in architecture invokes a multilayered understanding of memory. Christine Petersen carefully dissects the identity of the house she inhabits, revealing traces of its history and transposing them into a contemporary art work, amalgamating architecture and visual arts. Her contribution opens up a diverse reading and understanding of architecture as a continuous process of solidifying memory.
Serge von Arx, Editorial committee