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COSMICOMICS* – was a three-day workshop by
Annee Grøtte Viken in collaboration with Jorge Mejia Hernández and Mark Proosten, as part of an event by Writingplace laboratory for architecture and literature on time, storytelling and space at the art academy ArtEZ, campus Zwolle. The workshop followed lectures on the theme by Klaske Havik, Rob Hendriks and Jacob Voorthuis and explored how time is conveyed in literary narratives and how it can be translated into spatial structures and experiences. A selection of storylines touching on various conceptions of time formed the program for a 1:1 exploration of time, storytelling and space. The preceding text is a brief account of the conversations around the process and works produced by students from Corporeal, MA Interior Architecture, during the workshop.

With Alana Jansen (NL), Mandela Jap-A-Joe (SUR), Malgorzata Gniatkowska (POL), Mariska Boer (NL), Qi Liu (CHN/NL), Rosie van Beuningen (NL), Fenne van den Heuvel (NL), Phuong Duy Dao (VIE), Xiaomin Deng (CHN), Cille van den Brink (NL), Ashley Hoekerd (NL) and Maarten Mulder (NL)


“I couldn’t say I’ll make it the same or I’ll make it different, there were no things to copy, nobody knew what a line was, straight or curved, or even a dot, or a protuberance or a cavity.

I conceived the idea of making a sign, that’s true enough, or rather, I conceived the idea of considering a sign as something that I felt like making, so when, at that point in space and not in another, I made something, mean­ing to make a sign, it turned out that I really had made a sign, after all.”**
**Italo Calvino, The Complete Cosmicomics – A Sign In Space, Penguin Books Ltd, London, 2010

Buildings retain the testimony of time like a continuous progression of their existence. Some will grow old and count the centuries, while others exist as temporary spatial manifestations of weeks or even days. Yet no matter the timeframe, buildings have to endure traces of use, modifications or other external forces that leave their mark upon them.

We travel constantly in architectonic space and through time, it is an inevitable, continuous process of existence. As much as architects are often unable to influence the time and its impact upon a building, authors explore their ability to do so. A novelist can build up a storyline that embraces the entire history of the universe in 432 pages or turn 1076 pages into a sole event, on a single day, in a specific place. Time is an inherent part of storytelling, whether it exists inside or outside the words on the page. Time can be sped up or slowed down, manipulated or enhanced. Time is of the essence.

How can working with the concept of time in literature open up the way we understand and create architecture?



Table of Contents



Domestic Encyclopaedia
with Marthe Belsvik Stavrum

Nature Boy
Rights of Way
Amy Gowan · Onomatopee

for Jean Paul Laenen Estate

Federation Levitationcommissioned critique

Sitterwerk in Situ
Accattone #6

Terra Nova
Painting Fake Minerals
Accattone #6

extracts from:
It Had Something To Do With The Telling Of Time

El Condor Pasa
with Carlo Gaston Goncalves Accattone #7

The Art of Becoming
for Nina Frankova

The Cognizant Fish
for Nina Frankova

Flip Tortilla
Oblique Kitchen Glossary for the Lebanese Sajeria with Alonso Vasquez

Chapter Two · Domestic Encyclopaedia with Marthe Belsvik Stavrum

Lost in Translation
for Ines Cox

The Garden & The Botanist

Chapter One · Domestic Encyclopaedia with Marthe Belsvik Stavrum

It Had Something To Do With The Telling Of Time

The Octopus Slay in 80 Ways
Public Sandberg
70 fingers and 14 eyes interpreting the Sandberg Graduation Show

The Moonpalace ‘D3ATHfromAB0V3x - 659 points 9 months ago‘ Public Sandberg

Jewellery Persepectives writingplace

Pool Made of Mirrors
Take Me On Podcast series

Only A Paper Moon
Macguffin Magazine
The Window

After Dark
Take Me On Podcast series

Writingplace ·
ArtEZ Ma Corpo-real


I am Selbu
Somme si, tå stenresearch project

Terra Nova
Accattone #6

Material Skin
visual research in
Accattone #6

Were You Blonde? research project

Mechanisms of Detection
for jewellery perspectives

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
with juri suzuki

Exercices de Style
with pauline bayet

Went Out For Cigarettes and Never Came Back albergo rosa

KOLA SUPERDEEP‘Table Tableaux or The Act of Letting A Person Into Your Home’
albergo rosa

From Pastels and Gunpowder to Blood, Coffee and Tobacco Stains

albergo rosa

A is for Adjutant, P is for Paperweight
for jewellery perspectives

Monster in the Livingroom
Macguffin Magazine
The Cabinet