Dooring: Experiential Boundaries

Andrew Milligan, Roderick Adams, Nigel Bruce Simpkins UCLAN

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Few devices lend themselves to debates on our physical encounters than the door. As ‘dual phenomena’ 1 of outer/inner, public/private interdependencies, the door is hidden in plain sight and overlooked in the wider experiential discourse. The scenes and acts unfolding at the door are seldom used to reflect upon the shifting relationships between people, objects and environments. Reimagining the doorset as a conceptual stage-set, this paper frames the door as the architectural micro-site of serendipitous social interactions, transactions and occasional transgressions. As a context ripe for performative association, its physical anatomy also masks profound psychological needs in controlling and monitoring entry. Saturated with symbolic, metaphorical and psychoanalytical associations, the door is more than the mere sum of its physical parts. It marks the transition into private and unconscious realms as suggested in Atget’s photography as, ‘a meeting ground between domestic and civil life, the innermost plane of the private person’s public face’ 2 Contrasted against the magnitude of the city, the ubiquity of the door reminds us that the true face of the city, as Benjamin stated, is revealed not in its outer materiality but in ‘the sharp elevations of the cities inner strongholds’ 3 and it is the door that is front-of-stage in these relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMPS Proceedings Series 18.1.
Subtitle of host publicationExperiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. Florida State University, USA. 16 – 17 January (2020)
EditorsYelena McLane, Jill Pable
PublisherAMPS C.I.O.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)2398-9467
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020
EventExperiential Design: Rethinking Relations Between People, Objects & Environments Conference - University of Florida, Florida, United States
Duration: 16 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAMPS Proceedings Series
ISSN (Electronic)2398-9467


ConferenceExperiential Design: Rethinking Relations Between People, Objects & Environments Conference
Abbreviated titleExperiential Design
CountryUnited States

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    Milligan, A., Adams, R. & Simpkins UCLAN, N. B., 16 Jan 2020.

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