Architectural Research Quarterly

theory

Plato and Hegel stay home

Renée Tobea1

a1 Built Environment Division, Faculty of Development & Society, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, UK R.Tobe@shu.ac.uk

As we watch a film, we let filmmakers take us by the hand and tell us a story until they lead us into a world visually constructed to captivate us for a specific amount of time. The worst thing a filmmaker can do is not to terrify us, or fool us with special effects, but to rob us of our illusion that what we are seeing is ‘true’ even if just for now. Through the mimetic power of film, we, the viewer, picture the film set as if it is real architecture, and assemble the walls and floors we see into an architectural whole. This paper focuses on what we see ‘behind’ the screen rather than the cinematic experience itself. The premise is that by examining the nature of filmic ‘reality’ we will be helped to understand architectural form and order.