MisFit Figurations & Superimposition(s)
Thesis Research
Advisor: Andrew Zago, Special Advisor: Jeff Kipnis
SCI-Arc I Spring 2012


The research uses a special case of (de)familiarization through near figures to question the autonomy within architecture. While Freud describes the uncanny as the constant recurrence of the same thing, Vidler takes the idea of the uncanny as the fearsome play of the doubling where in this case the other is experienced as the replica of the self. The interest of the thesis research lies on the self’s autonomous body and the nested conditions within that body. The operative strategy towards the process would be to take (un)familiar artifacts and work with them in a territory of near figures in the case of nesting and (mis)fit.
Transforming rigid geometries into fuzzy and vibrating masses, Idris Khan superimposes the photographs of Becher’s typologies with ghostly outlines to create blurred film stills. This thesis research seeks to explore and work with the negotiation of those interstitial spaces between independent but nevertheless nested identities within a strangely familiar paranoiac space.
For Vidler, the uncanny is accepted to be best experienced in the privacy of the interior and Freud refers to that homely feeling as ‘heimlich’. Along with the (de)familiarization, the affect of simultaneity will be explored to question the conditions of being uncomfortably strange and yet uncomfortably familiar at the same time.
The idea of being accompanied by an invisible ‘other’ who resides inside questions the uncanny effects as in mirror reflections. The research aims to set up a territory of near figures which will change the reading of the space by creating a particular system of space where the inside is also the outside which carries the idea of nesting of strikingly similar figures.