Interpreting Calvino: Salon and Studio, a methodology for discovery (Italo Calvino)
Ennis, Kristina Lynn
Master of Architecture thesis
Using the concepts of Being as described by Calvino and the evaluation of Velasquez's painting Las Meninas in Foucault's, The Order of Things, a series of analytic exercises is initiated. Calvino speaks about Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility and Multiplicity; Foucault addresses the shortcomings of language. Interpreting the concepts inherent in these agenda, a methodology for re-seeing the spaces of a Salon and a Studio is proscribed. The results of these exercises provides a program for the construction of a vestibule: reconstructing the space of Las Meninas. This reveals the fundamental truth behind Calvino's writings: the vestibule serves as a tool for examining an environment. No one tool can embody the principles of Calvino; but only in the process of creating or viewing can the methodology for discovery be determined. Ultimately, the purest form of the vestibule lies in the phenomenal, the experiential and the language of the individual's imagination.
Romance literature; Modern literature