| Architectures of Hiding |

| Crafting Concealment  | Omission | Censorship | Erasure | Silence |

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“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.” 

― John Ruskin

 1.Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria, Genoa | 2. Reichstag wrapped up by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Berlin | 3. Mississippi River drawn by Harold Fisk

Architectural creation, its representation, interpretation, and associated activities more often than not are seen as processes of revelation. However, one can argue that architecture hides as much as it reveals. The Purloined Letter, a detective story written by Edgar Allen Poe, describes the chase to look for a stolen letter with confidential information. The story revolves around the search for a letter hidden by being left out in the open. Allen Poe highlights a complicated relationship between visibility, revelation, clarity and its complementary hiding, concealing, camouflaging. 

 

In the realm of architecture, are there examples of ‘hiding’ in teaching, representing, knowing, writing and building architecture? If so, how do those manifest themselves? 

How is hiding practiced under other terms that obscure the practice of concealment? What does it result in? What sources does it emerge from and who operates it? 

This symposium aims to explore processes of hiding which can take representational, material and theoretical forms.

 

Convenors:

CRIPTIC Coordinators/Organizers: Rana Abughannam | Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon | Pallavi Swaranjali |

CRIPTIC Chair/Supervisor: Dr. Federica Goffi ASAU

Exhibition Advisor: Dr. Monica Eileen Patterson Curatorial Studies Carleton University

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