A Critical Reading on Spatial Narrative in Abstract Comics



This study is a critical reading on the spatial narrative of abstract comics. The form of representation, which is defined as an abstract comic, is a narrative series that creates a reaction in the audience with the forms and techniques it uses. The aim of the study, considering the communication between the spectator and the representation; is to emphasize the potential that, emancipated the spectator and make the representational form open to sensations. In order for the spectator to communicate with the representation, the represented space must have traces that will make the subject's experience and temporality visible.The situation that is thought to be missing in traditional architectural representation productions; The experience that the space offers to the subject does not have a counterpart in representation.The act of "experiencing" is subject to time; Therefore, the visibility of temporality in representation will open up gaps that will include the spectator in the representation.Abstract comics method, which makes the concept of time legible with the possibilities of representation and has the potential as a communication tool; It has been evaluated as a form of representation that will make the spatial experience visible.The fact that the abstract comic book representations examined are 'abstract' transforms the form of representation into a field of experience for the spectator, providing a setting for sensations. On the other hand, the readability of time provides a participatory communication environment in which the spectator imagines what happens between the panels (singular units of sequential productions) and what might happen outside the panels.This study examines the communication that spatial narrative establishes with its audience through productions defined as abstract sequential art. It is valuable in that it underlines the visibility of experience in a representation that emerges with the concepts of time and sensation, and opens the topic of temporality in architectural representation to discussion.

Key words: architectural representation, abstract comic, spatial experience, time and space, the emancipated spectator



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Author Biographies

Havva Nur Yetkin, Istanbul Technical University

Havva Nur Yetkin, MSc Student in Architectural Design at Istanbul Technical University

Pelin Dursun Çebi, Istanbul Technical University

Pelin Dursun Çebi received her PhD from the ITU Faculty of Architecture in 2002. Her research interests include architectural design education, body and space relationships, architectural morphology, and space syntax. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dursun currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the ITU Faculty of Architecture.


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