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Proun: an exercise in the illusion of four-dimensional space

Difford, Richard J. (1997) Proun: an exercise in the illusion of four-dimensional space. Journal of Architecture, 2 (2). pp. 113-144. ISSN 1360-2365

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136023697374487


This paper focuses on the Russian painter and architect Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, and investigates the frequently debated geometrical content of his work. In the course of this investigation I have considered a number of sources drawn from the wealth of theoretical treatises written by artists, philosophers and mathematicians on the subject of the fourth dimension. It is my contention that these texts, when considered in relation to Lissitzky's Proun work, define his artistic endeavours as an attempt to find an architectural expression for the reconfigured notions of space that this geometry inspired. At the centre of this discussion is an essay, A. and Pangeometry published by Lissitzky in 1925. In this text Lissitzky describes his objective to create a new impression of space.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:6123
Deposited On:02 Mar 2009 14:20
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