Site-Writing

21 Orientations: An Atlas of Geographic Promiscuity (2019)
  • Silvia Groaz | Switzerland

  • Silvia Groaz, 21 Orientations
  • 21 Orientations is a personal cosmographia, a representation guided by both drawings and texts for a collection of memories of 21 places that I used to call home, during a variety of rootless and voluntary displacements.

    This project originates from an impulse of tidying up, sorting and making space for a re-appropriation of a vulnerable domesticity. Questioning the contemporary notion of home means to investigate a trans-geographical narrative, going beyond of the notion of a physical place, accepting to enter a virtual territory – a rhetoric country

    21 Orientations is a personal geographical atlas, where memory and reality meet in a spatial template. Memory is a complex mix of continuities and breaks, of similarities and differences. The attempt to physically trace memory is the challenge of overlapping two different scales, setting a dialogue between personal and collective experience. As an “open work” the trace investigates the ambiguous dimension between illusion and reality, questioning the distinction between appearance and apparition, the delay between presence and representation. 

    This project relies on the multifold process of recalling by memory all the places I have been living in, stretching the spatial representation between experience and an architectural idea. Following this principle, the technical drawing occupies the territory of the unpredictable and the imprecision and its reliability is challenged. All drawings do not appear as confident as they should. The final result may be casual, but revealing: the boundary of home itself becomes something vague, mobile and contradictory, depicting a possible contemporary notion of domesticity. 


    Biography:

    Silvia Groaz is an architect and currently a PhD candidate in architectural history at EPFL, Switzerland. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2018. She received the MA in Architectural History with Distinction at Bartlett (UCL) in 2015 where she attended Prof. Jane Rendell’s class Site-Writing Practice. She holds a MSc in architecture from EPFL, and a BSc in architecture from the Accademia di Mendrisio, Swizerland.


    Practices:


    Keywords:
    Domesticity, memory, drawing, representation, atlas

    References:

    Marcel Duchamp, Tu m’, 1918

    Walter Benjamin, Passagenwerk [The Arcades Project] 

    Pierre Nora, Lieux de Mémoire, 3 vol., 1984; 1986; 1992 


    Other projects:
  • Situated Writing as Theory and Method (2019)
  • Parts Apart Read Together (2019)
  • What Remains (2019)
  • 21 Orientations: An Atlas of Geographic Promiscuity (2019)
  • The Windowless Hotel Room (2018)
  • Shared Remains (April 2018)
  • Soft Landing (2018)
  • Spaces of Grief (2018)
  • Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul (9 June – 18 August 2018)
  • Things Come Apart (21-24 March 2018)
  • Learn to Read Differently (2018)
  • Il Balcone. A site-writing performance (2018)
  • History begins with the vanity of kings (2018)
  • Foray in a Modern Reserve: An Impounding Portrait of Landuse (2016-2018)
  • Dear Mr. Jung: Inhabiting Carl Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ (May 2018)
  • Heaton Hall: A Palimpsest (2017)
  • Phantom Railings (2012-17)
  • Talking Quilts (April 2017)
  • fifteen ways to cross the desert (2017)
  • Between Landscape and Confinement: Situating the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017)
  • A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (2017)
  • Urban Literacy (2013 / 2014 / 2016)
  • The Glorious Tomb to the Memory of Nothing (2016)
  • The Arrival’s Reader; A Visual Literary Criticism on The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2016)
  • Reading as Art (27 August-19 November 2016)
  • Kjemikerens død [The Death of the Chemist] (23-26 May 2016)
  • Kingsland High Street (2016)
  • Away from Home – Home from Away (April 2016)
  • Penguin Pool (2015)
  • Geography Lessons: Liberian Landmarks 1953-2013 (2015)
  • Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Café (2014)
  • The Writing on the Wall (after Rembrandt) (2014)
  • The Italic I (2014)
  • Designing Architecture as a Performing-Ground (2014)
  • The Disappearance: Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth (April 2013)
  • Folded Ground: Escape from Cape Town (2013)
  • In The Emptiness Between Them (2012)
  • 10/08/12 (multispecies event) (2012)
  • Tideline (2010-2012)
  • An Arcades Project (2011)
  • The Museum of Breath (2010)
  • Slab (2010)
  • One wound. Two wounds. The body as site for writing (2010)
  • The Fluid Pavement and Other Stories on Growing Old (2006)
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