Last Friday was all about mark making at Ocean Studios for ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium. Thank you to the organisers Marie Taylor & Beth Heaney who posed the questions below:
Drawing as embodied experience: What do we mean by embodied? If we take it to mean simply the union of body and mind, what are the possibilities/limits when this is challenged? Does drawing have the capacity to give us a sense of existence?
Drawing as a voice: If we consider that body and language have the ‘voice’ in common, and similarly suggest that drawing relates to the body and language, how does the use/philosophical theories of the voice relate to the gestural act of performative drawing? Exploring the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, how might we experience unconscious emotions through voice and drawing – the visible or invisible?
Drawing as performance: Where does it live: as a trace in the mind, an archived documentation or both?
Drawing as knowledge: Is it tacit knowledge, or a newly encountered embodied experience? Is it a proxy to thinking, can drawing itself think?
Drawing’s place, space and temporality: Considering drawing’s state of flux and ambiguity, what, where or when is drawing’s place? How are spatial temporal conditions contingent to the embodied experience?