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The Autobiographical Hinge: Revealing the self in architectural drawing

Lookup NU author(s): James A Craig



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Intellect, 2021.

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Some argue that the tendency to ignore the self as an aspect of the relationship betweenarchitects and their drawings is a consequence of the hegemony of digital modes ofrepresentation, others that it is inherent to traditional perspectival and projective techniques.It is in this repressive context that architects struggle to consider their subjectivity in relationto the drawings they produce. This paper aims to divert this subjective distance by proposinga method for revealing the unconscious forces that abide between architects and architecturaldrawings. Through a comparative analysis of this intermediate space with the psychoanalystDonald Winnicott’s theory of the Transitional Object, the author considers his ownrelationship to perspective drawing and materialises this through the production of a drawingapparatus titled: the autobiographical hinge. Bilaterally, the conception of this drawingapparatus is founded on examples of visual art practice that challenge the repressive qualitiesof linear perspective, this includes the work of Penelope Haralambidou (2003); LawrenceGowing (1965), and Marion Milner (1950). In a time of dissolved agency for the architect,this paper presents a method through which to mine one’s own relationship to architecturaldrawing, through which a disturbance to those codified regimes occur as a consequence ofone’s own subjectivity being recognised.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Craig J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice

Year: 2021

Volume: 6

Issue: 2

Pages: 273-289

Print publication date: 01/12/2021

Acceptance date: 12/07/2021

Date deposited: 12/07/2021

ISSN (print): 2057-0384

ISSN (electronic): 2057-0392

Publisher: Intellect


DOI: 10.1386/drtp_00065_1


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