Architectural Animality – drawings out for a walk

Pia Ednie-Brown

Exhibited in: Trace: Architectural Musings, The Mundaring Arts Centre, Oct – Nov, 2014.
Curated by Leonie Matthews and Amanda Alderson. The exhibition was supported by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Shire of Mundaring.

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“In play, the human enters a zone of indiscernibility with the animal. When we humans say ‘this is play’ we are assuming our animality.” Brian Massumi


Architectural Animality – drawings out for a walk was produced for an exhibition dedicated to an enquiry into the nature of the act of drawing. The work was a composition of multiple pieces, being constituted by 12 individual drawings/images/objects. The project explored how diverse ideas can become productively entangled through the drawings that take part in the design process. Working with an architectural project still in early stages of design development, the many influences and ideas at play led to thinking about that stage of design development as somewhat ‘wild’ – like a complex ecosystem of interdependent but as-yet-unclear relations. This project tested how the process of composing this complex ecosystem into an exhibition assemblage could become a meaningful part of the design process. As such, this was not an exhibition of either a process or a finished product, but rather an experiment in folding the process of exhibiting into the design process.