IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI, Conception of Perseus — Abduction of Persephone, 2018
The Handprint, the Shower of Gold, and Thingness of Architecture


  • Krunoslav Ivanišin University of Zagreb





reason, hand, light, shadow, myth, practice


To grasp a beautiful thing or some difficult idea — the language clearly pronounces the hand–to–reason connection. In the world of things, this connection manifests itself in a HANDPRINT that a humble craftsman leaves on a handy mud brick, or a great artist in a perfect block of Carrara marble. In transition from essence towards presence, they leave traces thus uncovering the thingness of things: their purpose, shape and matter. The mythical lord of shadows and everything in earth lurks from the interior of a cave and comes into the light only briefly, to abduct the beautiful Proserpina. His strong grasp leaves the shadow on her white flesh, made known by the hand of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Taking a second look into whiteness through Sir Isaac Newton’s prism, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe found color exactly in this area of diffraction between shadow and light (cave and glade; twilight at dawn and morning shine). Hence, he grasped that color is produced from the light, as much as by the thing itself on which the light falls — a property of its material and a consequence of its shape.

How to Cite

Ivanišin, K. (2019). The Handprint, the Shower of Gold, and Thingness of Architecture. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 94–99. https://doi.org/10.51588/eaaeacp.18



Author Biography

Krunoslav Ivanišin, University of Zagreb

Krunoslav Ivanišin holds a diploma from the University of Zagreb and doctorate in architecture from the University of Ljubljana. He is partner in IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI, and assistant professor at the Chair for Architectural Design, Af Zagreb. He won prizes in architectural competitions, constructed buildings of different scales, and exhibited internationally. He taught architecture at the ETH Zürich, BIArch Barcelona and TU Graz, and published books and magazines for relevant international publishers.


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