Pixelating Architecture

By Deniz Balik.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Pixels have been fundamental constituents of the world of digital technology since the early twentieth century. They hardly attract attention as individuals, since the essential point of a pixelated medium is to make people perceive the “big picture”.

Apart from the technological sense, pixels become a focal point by expanding to art and architectural praxis in both micro and macro scales. The concept of pixelation has been widely experimented in conventional architecture and art works of different styles, adopting the expressions such as “rows of bricks”, “ceramic patterns”, “fragments of mosaics”, “a composition of squares” or “Pointillist brush strokes”. But it was with the emergence of digital age that pixels became “visible”, and fulfilled the exact meaning of the term which is “picture element”.

The paper explores pixel-based art works in the digital age and their architectural environments, after a short survey on conventional concept of pixelation. In the case of surface, pixels now propose a second and temporary skin for buildings, and in the case of spatiality, they produce new layers of space, various affects and sensations. As a result of this superimposition of art and architecture, the boundaries between digital – analog, virtual – real, and temporary – permanent are blurred. Thus, the ambiguousness leads to the development of new possibilities and viewpoints of experiencing and producing art and architecture.

Keywords: Pixel, Digital, Surface, Spatiality, Aesthetic Experience

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.73-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 646.970KB).

Deniz Balik

Research Assistant, Department of Architecture, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey

She received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science degree. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Architectural Design. She works as a research assistant in the Department of Architecture at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. She has been a moderator and organizer in many workshops and in 8th National Concreteart Architecture Summer School. She is interested in interdisciplinary studies of art, philosophy and architecture, and deals with many branches of art, such as sculpting, drawing, photography, music, clothing design. She has presentations, lectures and publications on the relationships of chaos theory, entropy, scientific paradigms and contemporary architecture.


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