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1. Jung, Woo-Ram. Absorbing Darkness.

Degree: M. Arch., Architecture, 2010, Virginia Tech

Beams of light can create volumes of darkness that help define an experience. That is an experience of darkness. Light and darkness in the enclosed space make me respond to myself. It is a canyon empty of everything, yet filled with the total absence of light. And the quality of this darkness is uniquely bewildering, what's more, a thick and viscous mass of black air that seems to brush against your face, limitless and seething. It is darkness visible. Darkness forces me to be isolated from the world. Without any external input, I start to talk to and hear from myself. As well as, I start to feel my body from top to toe with all senses except for the sense of sight. It goes slowly, and the interaction with myself, which is experiencing darkness, puts my mind in calm. In that level of calm, the experience of darkness wanes as we adjust to the environment, gradually becoming aware of people and walls and even faint shadows. This project is an attempt at designing spaces that allows a person to be absorbed in darkness. Advisors/Committee Members: Thompson, Steven Ross (committeechair), Galloway, William U. (committee member), Doan, Patrick A. (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Absorbing Darkness; light; calmness; LD5655.V855 2010.J864

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