A Life in the Day of Louise


Christina Jauernik

The long literary history of urban description reveals a variety of translations regarding the incoherency of urban space. Traditional architectural drawings treat the city in a homogeneous and distanced manner, mainly viewed from above. The articulation between the subject as reader or writer and the city requires a different approach to the questions of perception and representation. As a consequence the reversal of this tradition should allow for a transposition of the urban into a real, proximal and immediate language. Within the built tension of present and past, a moment in the life of Louise is extracted as vantage point to expand the capacity of the drawing. Display and presentation of A Life in the Day of Louise complete the drawing, both through the choreographed interpretation of the document and the manifold individual legibilities.

This is a document to encounter the complex and fragmentary quality of urban configurations, adopting reality as another type of analysis. The differentiated experience of the contemporary city as an index of relationships between what was and what will be, marks the thread of research around A Life in the Day of Louise. The work contributes to the critical reflection on architectural representation of the contemporary city attempting to trigger a new attentiveness towards urban legibility.

Advisors: Nasrine Seraji, Angelika Schnell

 

A Life in the Day of Louise


Christina Jauernik