Curated from the Drawing Matter Collection by Elizabeth Diller and Tina di Carlo, the exhibition at Princeton University, School of Architecture has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The exhibition opened on 10 April with a lecture by Elizabeth Diller, Recent Work: Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
For further details on the exhibition see our ongoing Line of Enquiry, January 21, in 8.44 / out 8.16.
30,000 sheets of paper, eleven hours and thirty two minutes, a collector, a curator, an architect, and her associate, this exhibition is the product of a day spent with the Drawing Matter Collection located at the Shatwell Farmyard, Somerset, England, two hours to the west of London. The collection ranges from the sixteenth century to the present day and has been assembled by Niall Hobhouse over the past twenty years to explore the boundaries of architectural representation. We convened in the archive on 21 January 2017 and between 8:44 am and 8:16 pm embarked upon what could be considered a delirious derive, with no preconceptions, no rules, and no clear objectives except to make a selection of drawings before the fading of natural light at sunset and dinnertime. We began with the drawings themselves, led as much visually and historically, as through chance encounters provoked through the alphabetical system of the plan chests. Thematics, categories, sets of relations, bodies of work and key drawings began to emerge. The process was intuitive and grew out of the impromptu logic of the day, in which we detected patterns, consistencies, juxtapositions, and attributes of drawing that crossed historical periods around which to assemble our selection. The 186 drawings retrieved from the collection are presented here as first lines of inquiry that begin with the immediacy of the drawing itself, to provoke discourse, a deeper look and further investigation.