RITUAL PLAY: EXPLORING THE INTERIORS OF RITUAL THROUGH PLAY
The dualistic tradition says that truth is fixed, and objects and ideas are defined in opposition to one another. They are placed in separate spheres and the distance between them is fixed. This thesis is an examination of the concept of play in ritual as a way of closing that distance through a complex, temporal, oscillating union. It looks at the wall in the monastery as a boundary whose opacity can potentially create a deep distance between interior and exterior, but whose real depth is perceptual. The design of a monastery in downtown Cincinnati utilizes play to deal with the problem of ‘distance’ inherent in the monastery program: the need for distance as well as intimate connection between the nuns and the city, material and spiritual reality. The wall functions not as a fixed boundary, but as a field of play in which interior is created through engagement of the architectural surface in a game of spatial perception.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:ritual play monastery architecture visual perception
Date of Publication:01/01/2003