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Title: Monasteries – The layered capture of rhythm in space and time through rituals by ‘moulage’
Authors: Lens, Karen
Van Cleempoel, Koenraad
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Interiors (Oxford. Print), 6 (3), p. 289-305
Abstract: Monasteries have represented a unique quest to balance daily life and sacredness for more than AQ1 1,500 years. The subject of this paper is their community 10 life through rituals, and rhythm in time and space. We start with Philip Gröning’s movie, ‘Die Große Stille’ (2005), a poetical and intimate portrait of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks in Grande Chartreuse, high up in the French Alps. The movie shows great respect for rituals in prayer, but equally in the monks’ dealings with space and ritual objects. Monks live ‘together alone’ following traditions that are over one thousand years’ old, concerning identity and spiritual regeneration in a collective site. We then look at a twentieth century Benedictine monk, the architect and theorist Dom Hans van der Laan. He fostered a link between space and clothing as a progressive separation between individual and infinite nature. He defines our personal atmosphere as part of a larger whole, a relationship which is strengthened by rituals. We examine his designs of liturgical clothing as metaphoric of this relationship. To conclude we introduce the concept of ‘moulage’ as a potential architectural tool in the discourse of the adaptive reuse of monasteries.
Notes: Hasselt Univ, Art Hist, Louvain, Belgium, Karen.Lens@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/21419
DOI: 10.1080/20419112.2015.1125626
ISI #: 000375837600005
ISSN: 2041-9112
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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