Spatial Experience talk

By Valerie Mace

I was invited by the MA Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art to give a talk on Spatial Experience – An Insight into Environmental Perceptions. MA students form different courses across the programmes were able to attend, they were a fantastic audience and I hope many of them will be able to use the talk as the basis for further research and inspiration for their own design practice.

Valerie Mace on Spatial Experience recording

REFERENCES

Merleau-Ponty M., (2012 ed.) Phenomenology of Perception Routledge

Gibson J. J., (1986) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception Psychology Press

Pallasmaa J., (2005) The Eyes of the Skin. Architecture and the Senses. John Wiley and Sons

Malnar M. J., Vodvarka F., (2004) Sensory Design University of Minnesota Press

Van Schaik L., (2008) Spatial Intelligence. New Futures for Architecture. AD Primer. John Wiley and Sons

Lefebvre H., (1991 ed.) The Production of Space. Blackwell Publishing

Zizek S., (2006) How to read Lacan Granta Books

Freud S., (2003 ed.) The Uncanny Penguin Classics

Zumthor P., (2003) Atmospheres Birkhauser, Basel.

Perec G. (2008 ed.) Species of Spaces and Other Pieces Penguin Classics

Spatial Experience

Valerie Mace is a Senior Lecturer in interior and spatial design within the Faculty of Design at London College of Communication. Working across the boundaries of design disciplines, recent projects include a 3D diagrammatic mapping of London College of Communication, a speculative project for branded environments and a case study of the Medicine Now exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in Euston, London.

She is currently participating in curriculum development within the Spatial Communication programme at LCC, including a study of visualisation and investigative methods that facilitate the exploration and expression of human emotions and perceptions within real world environments, to be presented at the EVA (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts) conference in July 2013. She is also working on a research project on interior practices in urban environments.

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Click on the link below to listen to the talk I gave at the Royal College of Art:

Spatial experience

Synopsis

SPATIAL EXPERIENCE – An insight into environmental perceptions

The lecture proposes that life itself is a performance and considers the notion of space not simply as a physical entity but as an event. Starting with observations on identity, cultural ideologies and communication, the proposal unfolds to provide an insight into environmental perceptions and atmospheric qualities, and includes examples of experimental projects designed to develop environmental awareness and spatial experience.

REFERENCES

Merleau-Ponty M., (2012 ed.) Phenomenology of Perception Routledge, New York.

Gibson J. J., (1986) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception Psychology Press, Hove.

Pallasmaa J., (2005) The Eyes of the Skin. Architecture and the Senses. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.

Malnar M. J., Vodvarka F., (2004) Sensory Design University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis

Van Schaik L., (2008) Spatial Intelligence. New Futures for Architecture. AD Primer. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.

Lefebvre H., (1991 ed.) The Production of Space. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Zizek S., (2006) How to read Lacan Granta Books, London.

Freud S., (2003 ed.) The Uncanny Penguin Classics, London

Zumthor P., (2003) Atmospheres Birkhauser, Basel.

From some of the people who attended…

Hi Valerie,

I attended your lecture at the RCA today which I enjoyed very much. I was going to ask you a question but you looked at little busy so I thought I would email instead.

I shot a photographic series last year, the focus of which was signage and I have recently been revisiting ideas around the project, to uncover things I had overlooked. The photos themselves are technical, large digital composites shot as panoramics, but its the method I found each location which now seems important. I obsessed over each location, virtually (through satellite imagery and street view), sometimes for years because they were in America.  When I eventually visited the chosen locations, I often experienced a strange sense of deja vu, a space never before visited by very familiar to me.

I’m researching this relation between psychological state, space and mapping, and wondered if you had any suggestions for further reading?

Many Thanks,

Dominic Hawgood, Visual Artist

Dear Valerie,

Hello my name is Bohyun, 1st year student majoring in Service design at RCA.
It was really great to being on your lecture today. I had to skip one meeting for that but I’m so glad I did.

As I mentioned after the lecture, currently I’m doing project for the Sainsbury for innovating customer’s supermarket experience and got to very interested in developing environmental awareness like you said. It would be really grateful if I can also get reach to the paper having the list of books you recommended as I don’t have any contact at the Information design programme, which is shame. And you also mentioned about BBC radio programme regarding ‘perception & sense’. I wonder if I can still get hold of it if I go the the BBC website.

Actually, I was very inspired today more than anytime before in RCA as I was very interested in knowing what comprise of the unique atmosphere of each site but I haven’t got any chances to learn or practice properly about it from my programme. Please let me know if you are going to give lecture to public or do any lecture which are allowed to students from other university, I would love to listen your lectures once again.

Oh yes, and will you also tell me some of museums in london you’ve suggested to visit? I was trying to take a note of your slide but I couldn’t see very well as I was sit at ‘Background’ not the ‘foreground’.

Thanks a lot. I look forward to hearing from you.

All best,

Bohyun

Hi Valerie,

I just wanted to send an email to say thank you so much for talking to me about my work and about the kind of projects you get involved in. Your talk was really inspiring and getting to speak to you after was a wonderful  opportunity. I was feeling quite concerned about my direction and potential role in a career and you were so encouraging and really gave me the boost I needed to get some faith back.

Thank you so much for giving me your time, I really really appreciate it. Hope to be in contact soon,

Best wishes,

Polly O’Flynn