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        • The Modus Operandi of the Model

        Abstract
        Georges Bataille, in his text ‘Le labyrinthe et la pyramide’ (1935), shows how the discipline of architecture spans the gamut from a reflective activity (the conceptualization of a space) to pure phenomenology (the experience of a space). This same dichotomy is also found in the architectural model. A model provides an overview of a project to be built, while also simulating the experience of the ‘real’ edifice. Because a model, in architectural practice, is always fettered ‘by the conundrums of representation haunting it’, Vervoort’s essay investigates the modus operandi of the model-based work of such contemporary artists as Rita McBride, Thomas Schütte and Julian Opie. The model, Vervoort argues, provides a dialogue between idea and materialization, offers the viewer an immanent experience and enables the artist to communicate through an opaque form.
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        Citation
        Vervoort, S. (2011). The Modus Operandi of the Model. Models. The Idea, the Representation and the Visionary, OASE, (84), 75–80. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/84/TheModusOperandiOfTheModel

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