Dreaming with The Pantheon in Rome


  • Sebastian Andersson Institutet för fri konst, Sweden


Abstract (UK ENG)

Dreaming with The Pantheon in Rome is a process-based speculative essay engaging in the questions of agency and responsivity in matter which depart from current research into the durability of ancient Roman concrete. This is mixed (pun intended) with material engagement theory, quantum field theory and the theory of formative causation to explore possibilities of entanglement between matter and mind in architectural practices.

In the history of human architecture, The Pantheon in Rome is probably the best-preserved work of ancient Roman engineering. Significant for Roman engineering was its empirical base for knowledge production. When The Pantheon was built, there would have been thousands of people working in different locations across the empire, producing, and engaging in experiments with the material world for the purpose of architecture and construction.

This, the immensity of the collective effort together with the massive amount of material engagement and holistic relational inquiries into the material world we argue is one reason that Roman engineering was so eminent. In this essay we will be exploring ancient Roman architecture and engineering by looking at material engagement, responsivity, and agency in/of matter.


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Andersson, S. (2024). Dreaming with The Pantheon in Rome. UOU Scientific Journal, (07), 48–55. Retrieved from https://revistes.ua.es/uou/article/view/27201



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