Posts Tagged 'architecture'

Drawings in progress/Test drawings: Carroll/Green.

Katica Pedisic

Wednesday 28 April

Serial Space 7pm – 10pm

Carroll/Green is the working title of a collaborative drawing project (my colleague is Damien Chwalisz of Roarkus Design Studio) forming part of Intimate Immensities.

Carroll/Green comprises a series of ‘architectural’ drawings that test the drawing as a site of exploration for the potential of communicating something more than what architectural drawings, traditionally and straightforwardly convey.

The first thoughts were to analyse the spatial phenomena of our respective surroundings (Carroll street, North Melbourne: me; Green street, Brompton, Adelaide: Damien), noting the parity between the spatial arrangements of the spaces and the fact that we were both living and working from these sites and as we, ourselves were ‘processing’ them.

The drawings begin with the pure information of the physical elements of each respective space, and then the drawings are ‘built’ in layers of pencil, ink and other media, to attempt to articulate something other than just these physical elements of structure. Duchamp calls this the ‘incommensurables‚’- something beyond just the static material and structural reality of the space.

There are two concepts that underlie these tests, these explorations in drawings:

The first is to ask what drawing is, but also acknowledges that I don’t yet know what drawing can be, and what drawing can do.

The second is to become aware that as I act on the drawing, the drawing also acts on me.

In this circularity of process that the drawing, my ability to draw and think visually and therefore the design, is enriched in the enduring unravelling of linework.

This is an area of research crucial my practice as an architect- crucial at this juncture of the saturating uptake of digital drawing practices amongst architects- which creep stiflingly closer to crowding out the hand drawing, the potentials of thinking through the sketch, at the initial design stages of the design process. I stand up for using drawing as a critical method in my research, in my design thinking. Exploring the spaces of drawing, makes attempts at investigation and discovery in which the process and the product combine.

To cite Duchamp once more, it is this ‘blossoming’ of possibilities, intimating the idea of expansion. I am after an expanded field of drawing.


Katica Pedisic is an architect, but currently mostly undertaking a PhD by project at RMIT, her area of research being the act of drawing as mediating the emergence and perception of space. She has exhibited her spatially based drawings at several SA galleries and has lectured in architecture in design studios at the University of SA in 2008 & 2009, also having taught as a sessional staff member there since 2002. She has worked as an associate at Con Bastiras Architects, a tiny studio located in Adelaide, their projects recognised with numerous state chapter RAIA awards and published widely in Australia and internationally. She established her practice, antidote, in 2008, specialising in small projects with an emphasis on process-based explorations.


The effect the periphery has on the actual.

Smiljana Glisovic

Thursday 30th April, 2010, from 1 to 3pm

Presentation Room (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 5, Rm. 510)

Presentation: 20mins.

To make a gesture towards matter that resists the light, dark matter that dwells in the periphery, in a state of potentiality, is the subject of this presentation. The dark smudges full of possibilities that were abandoned when an image or word were chosen to exist as the artifact create intervals between the actual. These intervals are the rhythm. These intervals are the poetry, the inner-landscapes and untamed ideas. What is in the dark speaks to the artifact. What is in the dark is always moving, always in motion, in a state of metamorphosis. My research is based on the kind of effect the periphery has on the actual. What is this improvised dance between the abstract and the tangible? How does one encourage these dark spaces to exist, without contriving them, without forcing them into being? I will explore these questions by looking at the relationship between poetry, cinema and translation- focusing on the motion between and within each: the movement in the act of translation, between one language and another; the movement in the act of adaptation from written text to screen, from one mode and another; the movement of improvisation between live performance and screen; and of course the moving image itself. I use as my artifact a poem by Radmila Lazic ‘Elegy I’. These are my first exploratory steps taken into this half-lit territory.

Smiljana has a performing arts degree (acting) from WAAPA, and MA (writing) from UTS. This is her first year as PhD candidate at RMIT (Cinema). She has published short stories and arts reviews for university presses and online Australian journals, performed in, written and produced theatre, video installations and short films.


Dianne Peacock

Thursday 29th April 1-3pm

Bon Marche Studio

Presentation: 20mins.


My research is conducted through practice. Parallel projects in film, collage, writing and architectural design are undertaken with an eye for mutually productive play. I do not attempt intersections of project media: “collage architecture” for instance, is not an aim here. However there are certain themes: shadows, edits, sites of indeterminate use, abandonment and collating which have a tendency to recur across projects. Spatial mystery has been identified as a central theme and so its nature, role and potential in my work are under examination. Currently I am collating example

s of spatial mystery as I work to define this term. I am looking for the relationship between the phenomenon of spatial mystery and that which allows it to appear.

A photograph of Junction Dam, a subject of a proposed short presentation on spatial mystery in the Kiewa Valley hydro-electric scheme

An aging hydro-electricity dam and its neighbour, a new power station, share specific and compelling architectural qualities. There is cool air, great mass and the matter of access to their depths. They elicit a sensibility of internal spatial mystery.

In a short presentation I would like to illustrate a specific instance of spatial mystery.

Dianne Peacock is an architect based in Melbourne, where her Ph.D. entitled Spatial Mystery and Parallel Works is undertaken by project at RMIT. Her practice has produced exhibitions, installations and zines in addition to built and unbuilt work. She teaches architectural design studio and at RMIT developed Paper, Scissors, Blur, a course in collage and mixed media in architecture. In 2009 Dianne established Subplot, a Melbourne based architectural practice.

A two day forum of creative research, experimentation and practice held from April 28-30 at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Serial Space Gallery, Chippendale.

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