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What do we do when we draw?
Thu 20 October 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Drawing seems to be a very natural and universal activity from very early in our development even until the end drawing seems to be something that follows us through life. But what do we do when we draw? Although we often try to make likenesses of things that we see and admire others who can draw well the fact that we may not be good at drawing does not stop us when we need to make an image to explain something, make a plan, or apply cosmetics to our faces or doodle to amuse ourselves.
In these two workshops we will do some things together that might offer ideas about what happens when we draw.
On Thursday: We draw on our bodies daily through creating lines in the way we style ourselves. But how might we take this further, to create new shapes and body parts with new functions? Through biomedical and healthcare sciences we have stitched and stretched the body into formats with completely differing purposes. In this workshop we’ll speculate on further possibilities for modifications and imagine bodily solutions to evolutionary and environmental problems by sculpting on to our skin.
In the second workshop on Friday, which might be interesting for you as well, we will see what happens when we draw on film and project it. What happens when what we draw is transformed by a machine to become a fleeting image – is this still our mark? When we understand what changes in projection can we develop a skill so that we have some control over the experience of the viewer?
At the end we hope that we will have isolated some of the things that we do when we draw – process, perception and reflection - in a way that liberates the idea of drawing from making something that looks like something else.
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