Branko Burmaz
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture


Some analyses of spatial practice in architecture use the concept of architectural structure as a device of perception. Metaphor of a device makes possible to merge static representations of spatial models, with dynamic spatial experiences. In research of architectural queer space, a space produced through self-organized practices, and ignored by architectural discipline, concept of a device as an analytical tool, which confronts of what is lived, to what is conceived, can be fairly useful. I consider the two of devices, one introduced by Beatriz Colomina as a framing device in her analysis of gendered space, and the other one, an orientation device from “Queer phenomenology” by Sara Ahmed. I argue that, at the beginning of normalization, architecture, working as a device of perception, produces queer space, by simultaneous mechanisms of framing and hiding, and orientation and disorientation. The power of these devices is what makes gapping divide in space and society.

architectural queer space, framing / hiding device, orientation / disorientation device, perceived space, spatial normalization, spatial division



SAJ Vol. 8, 2016, No. 2