Spatial Narrative in the Cinematographic Body Environment




Architectural design,, bodily experience, kinesphere, spatial cinematography


Due to the experimental interface of cinematographic space fiction that produces temporal and spatial intervals, architectural design can be explored via time-body-space relationships. In this study, Eskihisar Coastline/Turkey has been selected as an urban coastline, due to its potential as a public space where the body can be observed, much like all public spaces. It is being examined with an experimental surface exploration developed with the relations between fragments of spatial intervals within the context of the movement-body experience in cinematographic spatial fiction. So cinematographic spatial fiction is a spatial narrative displayed based on the time-body-space fragments. The study has explored cinematographic fiction as an architectural design approach through the notions of time-body-space shared between the disciplines of cinema and architecture. The research methodology is qualitative; coherent to the case-study. The experimental phases consisted of the fragmentation of video recording, the multiple exposure experiment, and the “kinesphere” experiment phases that visualized the inter-surface connection codes of Eskihisar Coastline/Turkey as an urban coastline. Rudolf Laban’s “kinesphere” approach, which questions the direction of bodily movement in relation to the limbs, is developed as a controllable, definable template for measuring the interval of body movement. This approach is handled the movement intervals over the proportions of the body as a measurable parameter through a geometric design approach. As a result, the surface articulations determined through the spatial intervals of experience produced urban furniture images. Cinematographic spatial fiction offers a geometry-based reading interval developed from the ratio-proportion of the body to the production intervals presented to the architectural design in the context of time-space through the produced urban furniture image. The interface designed in this study is expected to offer a solution proposal that can be developed from the body scale for the urban furniture needed in public spaces in the cities of the future.


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Author Biographies

Gizem Aslan, Gebze Technical University

Gizem ASLAN is a Research Assistant in the Department of Architecture at Gebze Technical University, Turkey. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Architecture at GTU and assists in bachelor's degree classes related to architectural design. She holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in Architecture from Gebze Technical University. Her research interests include architectural design, interdisciplinary studies in architecture and design, architectural design theories, and cinematography.

Levent Arıdağ, Gebze Technical University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Levent ARIDAĞ received his PhD degree from İstanbul Technical University (ITU) in 2005. He is designer and educator, who is dedicated to develop an innovative approach towards architecture, urbanism, design and ecology. His work aims to develop the relational thinking capacities of the architecture in its relation with design technologies. He investigates the possibilities of physical environment through the potential relations between space and time. He won several prizes in national and international architectural competitions. His research area are architectural design, eco-design, performance based design, architectural education, architectural design theories and methods.


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How to Cite

Aslan, G., & Arıdağ, L. (2023). Spatial Narrative in the Cinematographic Body Environment. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 11(2), 781–806.