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Drawing

January 9, 2016 - Methods and Processes / Towards a Kit of Process

“What was the role of drawing if not to evoke new possibilities? To open new readings, to provoke a conversation? To openly question, not to dictate absolutes to a reader in a synoptic sense! To actively pull apart the seeming ‘givens’ we too often took for granted, those perceptual padlocks that close the door to true newness. The reading would be as challenging as the writing.”

Peter Sabara ‘The Ministry of Health, Views from the Lighthouse, Excerpts from exile at the Diorama and musings on a still open architecture’. A letter, June 1993.

Drawing information
Documenting, drawing in situ, framing a moment from your perspective. More intimate and generative than photography. (and in the case of this drawing which was made in a temple ritual, it can be less intrusive).

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Drawing of a Puram ritual made on a research trip in India, 2012.

Drawing ideas
Exploratory drawing made in sketchbooks. Drawing that uncovers thoughts about space representing something that cannot be represented in photos, similar to creative writing or thought in action.

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Drawing by Zoe Evans, 2009.

Drawing language
Drawing as a way to communicate. This crosses-over with maps and diagrams.

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Pablo Picasso, constellation network drawings, 1924

Drawing research
This is particularity relevant for design education, because drawing is a simple way for participants to communicate, connect, and express ideas in a workshop. In a workshop drawing also becomes documentation, and captures the processes in the workshop.

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Drawing time
Drawing made into film and animation -capturing movement, time, theatre.

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Alexandra Antonopoulou: drawing, film and animation in design education research.