Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1362
Title: A visual imprint of moving air : methods, models, and media in architectural sound photography, ca. 1930
Authors : Fischer, Sabine von
Published in : Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Pages : 326
Pages to: 348
Publisher / Ed. Institution : University of California Press
Issue Date: Sep-2017
Language : Englisch / English
Subjects : Architecture, Sound, Photography, Models, Architectural Science, Architectural Acoustics
Subject (DDC) : 720: Architektur
Abstract: Prompted by an archival finding from the laboratory of Franz Max Osswald, Switzerland's first academic expert in applied acoustics, Sabine von Fischer explores the schlieren technique for photographing sound in sectional models. A Visual Imprint of Moving Air: Methods, Models, and Media in Architectural Sound Photography, ca. 1930 examines how images were used to communicate findings in the emerging discipline of architectural acoustics. In Osswald's persistent experiments in visualizing the invisible phenomena of sound, the social, the technical, and the aesthetic were inseparable. Using photography, Osswald adhered to the paradigm of mechanical objectivity, yet his visual experimenting with phenomena of spatial sound possibly demonstrates an awareness that the senses cannot be excluded from scientific methods. The shadows of moving air in the sound photographs make claims toward their scientific authority, their aesthetic appeal, and their social function as expert tools.
Departement: Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen
Organisational Unit: Institut Konstruktives Entwerfen (IKE)
Publication type: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift / Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1525/jsah.2017.76.3.326
10.21256/zhaw-1362
ISSN: 0037-9808
2150-5926
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/1423
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen

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