Spaces from the Shadows: Neo-noir Architecture, Psychoscapes & pathological prosthesis.
Mathew Emmett blurs the edge between the latent histories lying forgotten within spaces and buildings with the pathologies of their inhabitants. He has always sought to explore the physical boundaries of architecture, making it clear that he considers buildings as a pathological prosthesis, reflecting the resonant mental state in the environment itself.
Emmett’s neo-noir architecture is situated within a motif of the military, industrial and abandoned complexes to provide a dystopian setting for the reinterpretation of the Apocalypse as a psychological environment or ‘psychoscape’. Within these settings, alien incursions colonize the host space, much like a hologram, providing a field within which the internal worlds of the mind comes into contention with the exterior dimensions of the building. This yields a third, three-dimensional cumulative interaction that incorporates the nervous stimuli of the occupants within the agency of the site.
The emphasis of these works incorporates the disaffordances of the architectural setting within a phantasmal intermingling between the haunted depths devoid of human occupation with the emotional revenants distributed across individuals and situations. More explicitly, Emmett considers space as psychoactive; affective structures that reflect the psychosis of its past, present and future inhabitants.