Monday, June 14, 2010

Constructed Metaphor

Based on “architecture: the making of metaphors” (Fez-Barringten, B.) the sovereign built metaphor benefits from the result of the process and analyses metaphor’s existence, an existence that is separate from its’ creator, programs, and process, this does not void all the other ongoing relationships and interactions ( see author’s prior published references) but shows the product as an independent self-sustaining and created individual work. As a corporation is a legal sovereign individual so is metaphor. Having already discussed the aesthetics of metaphor and the eye of the beholder The sovereign built metaphor is about the created thing and its inner life, a life apart from other lives, contexts and metaphors; metaphors of sanctified, distant and source-contexts. Indeed, while each element making-up one constructed element has a metaphor between it and the referent of its origins, this metaphor ignores this relationship and is only concerned with how selected elements works with other where such orphans (not part of a system; isolated; abandoned) in the mix of the extant metaphor. It is self potentiating, independent and not co-dependent. However, in its external context it is but one referent of a contextual metaphor composing a rural, sub-urban or urban context. And then with its companions it operates analogously as a metaphor.
“Metaphor” (Ortony, A) (transfer in {metapherein} Latin) the noun, and “transfer” the verb is a product of a process of synthesizing a physical intervention in any given context or non-context (as a model in the studio). (Bernhart, C. L) Such interventions become society’s metaphors each involved in a narcissistic introverted conversation; much like those described my Ayn Rand in her Fountainhead (Brandon, B). Narcissistic and introverted because it is an internal unspoken (seemingly) telepathic conversation between its own parts as physical and biological osmosis. These relationships are read in physics, mathematics and science of the properties and strength of materials, engineering and aesthetics. These reason the ways the parts support, attach, migrate, bond, flex and bend to accommodate one another and its potential inhabitants, aesthetics judging the proportions, scale, colors and textures as well as the appropriateness of the program to the final construction. After assembly, creation and manufacture its whole or parts may never be perceived, seen or understood by a third party. Often, the metaphor of the sovereign metaphor deals with commonplaces pertinent to its social, historical, and cultural context (Fez-Barringten, B) for both art and architecture metaphor-building clarifies our place, status and value. As Metaphor is the main mechanism through which we comprehend abstract concepts and perform abstract reasoning so works of architecture inform our social, psychological and political condition. Yet metaphor is the main mechanism through which we comprehend abstract concepts and perform abstract reasoning: (Lakoff, G) what is built is first thought and conceived separately from building, as thinking and conceiving is separate from the outward expression, so metaphor is a process and architectural metaphor is a process and what we see is what the process issues; not the manifest metaphor. When we hear a symphony, poem; watch a dance or see a painting what we perceive is the residue of the artist composing and dealing with the similarities and apparent differences of medium, context, aesthetics and story. In this regard the metaphor is tool to perceive and reckon.

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