Revealing Work. Interrogating Artifacts to (Re)View Histories of Feminist Architectural Practice

Boys, J. and Dwyer, J. 2017. Revealing Work. Interrogating Artifacts to (Re)View Histories of Feminist Architectural Practice. Architecture and Culture. 5 (3), pp. 487-504. doi:10.1080/20507828.2017.1367199

TitleRevealing Work. Interrogating Artifacts to (Re)View Histories of Feminist Architectural Practice
AuthorsBoys, J. and Dwyer, J.
Abstract

Contemporary representations of feminist practices in architecture that took place in the near past rely upon scant and therefore precious photographs and images. Many unique physical artefacts are lying, unarchived, in box files and plan chests or fading on bookshelves, and their meanings and associations remain caught in the era in which they were made. We have selected artefacts derived from thirty years of feminist spatial practice in London that we, with others, were instrumental in creating, to re-examine, and to invite further commentaries. We contextualise them in their period, and, through their interrogation, propose possible interpretations. We ask how physical engagement with things can generate insights that help to both capture and better understand aspects of the history of feminist architectural practices.

This investigation is particularly concerned to reappraise what counts as work; the work of actual doing; the work of finding ways to generate social change; the experiences of that work as embodied; and the work that the artefact itself does - how, through what happens to it in the world, it exceeds or alters what had been intended.

KeywordsFeminism, feminist architecture, artefacts, interpretation, work, materiality
JournalArchitecture and Culture
Journal citation5 (3), pp. 487-504
ISSN2050-7828
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptDwyerBoys-Revealing_Work-UPDATE_JULY 22_2017_JD.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/20507828.2017.1367199
Publication dates
Published online27 Oct 2017
Published27 Oct 2017

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