The body is a complex mediator between the fluctuations of culture and the self. This constantly variable and abstract image of the body, sets the body in the center of many researches since the ancient times, studying the influence of society, aesthetic factors and the development of technology. It’s a result of a complex transformation process that stands simultaneously in direct relationship with the scientific, moral and political drives of its time.
The body is an essential element of architecture, and its relation with the space has held various considerations and differentiations. The change of the “paradigm” periodically is followed by respective social and spiritual ideas, and they all meet and get projected through different facets of scientific and artistic expressions. Right now, we are in a search of the new “paradigm”, as the possibilities of the previous examples are exhausted, we are processing and recycling them, looking for the modern interpretation for the body.
In an attempt of approaching the contemporary example and its relation with architecture, there’s a historic analysis of the ways that the body has been represented in the arts and especially in architecture, pursuing to reconstruct and redefine the theoretical ideas about the topic. The representational techniques of the body reveal the relationship of the various architectural ideas with the example of the body in every period.
The reference to standardized body images of the past, expressing their relationship with the current aesthetic and theoretical ideas - making a smooth transition from the classic body of beauty to the modern body of proportion, to a body of exception, a body “trace "or finally a non-body- emphasizes the representational practice as a means of interpretation and expression of each new paradigm, while it sets questions about its relationship with architecture. The notion of “passe-partout” body is inserted, a body that can be pasted anywhere, as an interpretation of the contemporary representational technique. Analyzing the practice of “passe-partout” body, questions of how meaningful and deep is the relationship with architecture are emerged, and who is represented through this body in the end. Identifying the “passe-partout” body in its various manifestations through time, we can understand the ideologies associated with its representational potential.