Ambiguity in literature and architecture

In architecture, space is not merely the medium in which architectonic ideas are realised, but is the very essence of the possibilities, combinations, and complications that are the real source of artistic invention; and similarly in poetry (…) language is not only the means of expression, the alpha and omega of the artistically possible, but also the source of inspiration; it is not only the form, but also the matter and content of the poetic experience. Arnold Hauser (1)
Our imaginative capacity can be exercised by the different forms of ambiguity in a variety of media. The use of ambiguity in a text, in a work of art and in designing a space provides us with the necessary gap in which we find the “opportunity to feel ourselves making the connections between apparently unrelated and impertinent contexts and meanings, and to delight in those intellectual athletics.” (2)

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autoria: Junia Cambraia Mortimer

como citar: MORTIMER, Junia. Ambiguity in literature and architecture. A reading of Shakespeare’s wordplays against Palladio’s and Michelangelo’s architecture. Arquitextos, São Paulo, year 12, n. 133.00, Vitruvius, jun. 2011 <http://www.vitruvius.com.br/revistas/read/arquitextos/12.133/3916>