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Space is a synaesthetic phenomenon and we experience it with all our senses – from our eyes, ears and nose to our largest organ, the skin. Proportion, materiality and light create atmosphere and ambience in a space and influence reception. In recent months, we have also discovered that the familiar relationship between our bodies and space has become fragile and we are having to live with complex experiences of distance. The social disembodiment of everyday life, the change in public and private experiences of space and, not least, the shifting of many areas of life into the virtual realm have thrown up questions about the relationship between us as social beings and the personal and collective experience of space: what is happening now with the dimension of physicality in the production and reception of architecture? To what extent has the relationship between the body, space and society changed due to the coronavirus pandemic?

The relationship between the body and space, whether “intact” or “disturbed”, and its sociopolitical importance is the focus of an exhibition entitled “The body and the space”, which will run until 18 September at the aut, the Tyrolean architecture centre in the Adambräu building in Innsbruck. More than 200 architects, graphic designers, designers, artists, theorists, historians and critics who have been involved in the programme in recent years with exhibitions, talks, discussions, jury sessions and as active members of the aut were invited to take part in the show. 114 took up the invitation and contributed their personal perceptions of the relationship between the body and real, social or virtual spaces. The aut is presenting the photos, graphics, films and sound recordings, each accompanied by a short explanatory text, as a continuation of its exhibition series exploring the perception and personal approach of architects and designers to a topic.

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