5th Mar 2015 5:30pm
Emperor Room, Mithras House, Moulescoomb Campus
Architecture International Lecture Series Brighton
BUILDING KNOTTING JOINING
In this lecture I take up Gottfried Semper’s view that building and textiles both have their source in practices of knotting. Comparing the knot with the dominant metaphors of block, chain and container, I show how knotting registers in the domains of materials, movement, perception and human relationships. But the knot joins things ‘with’ and not ‘up’, in sympathy rather than articulation. This leads to a comparison of the tectonic and stereotomic aspects of building, particularly of the wall. Is the wall erected on the ground, like a skyscraper, or is it, like the mountain, a fold in the ground itself? Starting with the knot leads to the latter conclusion.
Tim Ingold is Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture.