Unknowing through Writing-(and)-Drawing


  • Viktorija Bogdanova




unknowing, ascending, denying, deconstructing, writing-drawing


In this article, unknowing is the human condition when a person experiences an intense dissolving into the environment. Analytical modes of thinking and rational and deductive modes of getting to conclusions and have their own meaning and importance. However, emotional and intuitive awareness and the imaginative empathy, have their own way of revealing meaning embedded in a specific place. In this article, I will reflect on three examples that illustrate how writing and drawing may bring about a different reading of places, architectural typologies and architectural symbols – when filled with fictional stories and speculative narratives: Yuri Nornstein’s Hedgehog in the Fog, Dostoyevsky’s Crystal Palace in the Notes of the Underground, and Brodsky and Utkin’s project of the Crystal Palace. Along these examples, the article discusses writing and drawing methods that stimulate a creative disjunction from habitual research in architectural and urban thinking through three forms of unknowing: ascending, denying, deconstructing. 

Author Biography

Viktorija Bogdanova

Viktorija Bogdanova is a poet, artist and practicing architect who investigates poem-drawing as a processual modality in creative research. She obtained her professional master degree in architecture in Skopje (2014), and remained there as an associate assistant until 2018. In 2016 she started developing her doctoral thesis in Ljubljana: Emotive immersion through poem-drawing in spatial design. She exhibited her architectural poem-drawings at international conferences in Ljubljana, Aarhus, Berlin, Lisbon, Ghent and Trondheim. She is a regular contributor to Writingplace: Laboratory for Literature and Architecture group.


The writing is a processual trace and fragment of the author’s PhD in progress, entitled Emotive Immersion Through Poem-Drawing in Spatial Design (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture).

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