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Dust reversals. Dustings, vacuum cleaners, (war) machines and the disappearance of the interior

Dust reversals. Dustings, vacuum cleaners, (war) machines and the disappearance of the interior

Stoppani, Teresa (2011) Dust reversals. Dustings, vacuum cleaners, (war) machines and the disappearance of the interior. In: Writing & Society Research Seminar, 30 March 2011, Western Sydney, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Working on the ambiguity and the circularity intrinsic to dusting, this paper explores the role of dust in the definition, organization and dissolution of the interior space. Dust traditionally denotes the familiar, the sheltered, the comfortable but often stifling space of the bourgeois interior. Dust settles in time, measures history, preserves the past and its values, but at the same time it destroys and erases its objects from within. Through an analysis of images from mythology, classical painting, the visual arts, film and advertising, the paper aims to show how readings and representations of dust and dusting offer contradictory interpretations and inhabitations of space that blur the distinction of interior and exterior and expose the permeability of their boundaries. Dust becomes a vehicle and an index of these crossings.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: dust, vacuum cleaners, domestic space, interior space, Walter Benjamin, Richard Hamilton, Jeff Koons, Graham Greene
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Architecture & Urbanism
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8229

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