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katya krat


montage, collage and bricolage in making tarkovsky’s zone: sculpting a cinematic narrative space in a liminal landscape


salt-river zone, cape town

experience, film, time, process, landscape, liminal, bricolage, zone


This investigation explored how alternative and experiential design methods inspired by the study of cinema can inform the making of poetic and phenomenologically enhanced architecture which connects multiple realities and time-based encounters. It endeavours to re-interpret the ostensible collisions between landscape and society in understanding humankind as a progressive extension of our surroundings.

The research drew parallels between Andrei Tarkovsky’s’ cinematic Zone, the perceptual Zone of the current Covid-19 reality and the physical site containing the marginal Salt-River Zone. Tarkovsky’s’ cinematic Zone was used as a lens to construct a new means of shaping the production and perception of space both in time and in tune with its environment. The inquiry re-ordered and transversed the above Zones to discover an alternative way to represent and experience the architectural project through time in tune with the natural environment.

Translating the cinematic space of the Zone into the dacha revealed its unique spatial and tectonic conditions. These conditions confront the stable with the transient as they reveal the dynamic nature of the material world.
Utilising this approach within the Salt-River Zone prompted new modes for individual experiential encounters in time, space, and its unique landscape, thus reconnecting visitors to their landscape through natural stimuli.

The filmic methods of montage, collage, and bricolage, all emphasise traces of their process within the final creations. Applying these techniques to the design translated the phenomenological into the material through the tectonic via physical enactment. Acting as a bricoleur with a limited inventory; experiments were used to make the tectonic manifestation inspired by filmic space into architectural space located in the physical dimension of the Salt-River Zone. The use of filmic methods in architecture reshaped both the poetic and the material to create new narratives which are both perceptual and tactile.

The architectural proposition manifested in the making of an artistic public park which layers moments of experiential encounter, environmental remediation, and participatory creation to connect citizens to this forgotten landscape. Inhabited by an annual artist-in-residence, this area strives to connect citizens to their environment through experience and creation.


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