Between the Spaces



Marga Munar Bauza


Jewish Museum, 9-14, Lindenstraße, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10969, Germany

Project Description

What is the Experience of Augmented Space in Memorial Museums?

This research inquires the impact of display technology progressively integrated into space. It is observed that we are increasingly dwelling in an augmented space which in Manovich’s definition, means physical space that is superimposed with dynamically changing information. We are disassociated from the living space and transposed to another space and time. This research identifies two approaches that enable a mediation of space by technology and by experience. It examines the experience of augmented space in the context of memorial museums and, as case studies, analyses two museums designed by Daniel Libeskind - the Jewish Museum Berlin as the technology-focused approach and the Imperial War Museum North as the experience-focused approach. This research contains three parts. Part 1 is Literature Review that examines augmented space from a technological viewpoint with Parry and Sawyer’s theory as well as from an experiential viewpoint with Manovich’s theory. Part 1 also studies experience with architectural theories by Pallasmaa, Cullen, Rasmussen and Zumthor and defines experience in augmented space in bodily, sensory and mental aspects for further investigation. Part 2 is Methodology that consolidates theories into an analysing framework for case studies with themes of ‘spatial organisation’, ‘atmosphere’ and ‘lived’. Part 3 is Case Studies that evaluates experience of augmented space and assesses its emotional impact based on the three themes. This research concludes that time in augmented space by the technology-focused approach is not valued as much as in the experience-focused approach. Technology increasingly embedded to space denies space to be transcended into Pallasmaa’s notion of lived experience and our sense of being in the world.

Janet Wong


M Arch 2

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