The space in which the fantastic event unfurls takes on a life
of its own, strongly marked by what C. W. Thomsen calls visionary
architectures "tendency to externalize an inward vision."
This dynamic is on display in the Romantic fascination with ruins,
or in Piranesis celebrated Imaginary Prison engravings,
where hellish fears of incarnation and torture are inscribed on
a massive scale. Poes epochal Fall of the House of Usher
confers a grim aura on the Gothic edifice. The space of dreaming
takes on an importance of its own.
View Images: Fantastic Space
- Luzius Keller. Piranèse et les romantiques français.
Paris: JosÈ Corti, 1966.
- C. W. Thomsen, Visionary Architecture: From Babylon to
Virtual Reality. NY and Munich, Prestel, 1994.
- Paul Zucker. Fascination of Decay, New Jersey: Gregg
- Poe: "Fall of the House of Usher."
- Italo Calvino, "Invisible Cities;" "The Count
of Monte Cristo."
- J.-L.Borges, "The Circular Ruins."
- Julio Cortazar:"House Taken Over."
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