Emma Stibbon RA
'Glacier Terminus, Antarctica'
Courtesy of the artist.
In recent years, there has been increasing investment in developing relationships between art and the sciences through collaborative projects. Residencies, publications and exhibitions are bringing artists and scientists together to look for cross-disciplinary solutions to complex shared problems. Alongside prominent work in digital and media arts, there are a growing number of artists and scientists forging such relationships around graphic practices. Drawing is historically associated with knowledge generation and critical investigation. Today drawing continues to work across the porous boundary between observation and expression, empiricism and invention in a range of investigative practices.
Drawing Conversations 3: Drawing Talking to Sciences assesses the potential for drawing to make meaningful contributions to knowledge outside the arts by bringing together examples of drawing used to co-investigate. ‘Sciences’ is used in the most inclusive sense, embracing all forms of thorough investigation, spanning anthropology to physics, conservation to mathematics, forensics to zoology.
Hosted by The Ruskin Museum of the Near Future, the theme builds on John Ruskin’s advocacy of drawing as a way of seeing and understating the world and his prescient understanding of the impact of industrialisation on the natural environment. For Ruskin, it was drawing that facilitated close and careful examination of subjects that sensitised the drawer to notice. For instance, his daily practice of drawing enabled him to track and measure changes in weather patterns and air quality.
Drawing Conversations 3 presents artworks and papers about contemporary and historical examples of drawing which build relationships with or demonstrate engagement between drawing and the sciences. While not limited to these we are particularly interested in work that addresses
Drawing providing solutions to research problems outside the creative arts
Innovative graphic approaches, technologies or languages adapted to current science challenges
Drawing as an alert practice of noticing in science, as measurement, index, catalogue or document that communicates, perhaps where other technologies fail.
How artists develop new approaches to drawing that enable them to notice and record the previously unnoticed.
Drawing as a tool for synthesizing ideas and data from different disciplines
Parallels between methods of drawing and activity in other fields of research
The role of drawing in enhancing or extending current scientific fieldwork practices.
How drawing adapts to new and challenging natural and non-natural environments
Drawing which investigates new or changing human practices, behaviours or beliefs.
Entanglements and symbiotic relationships between drawing and ecology
How does drawing enable us to speculate and plan for future ecologies and lifeways?
9.30-10 –Coffee and registration, time to view the exhibition
10.00 – Welcome and Introduction: Sarah Casey
Drawing Conversations, Jill Journeaux, Director and co-founder Drawing Conversations
The Ruskin, Sandra Kemp, Director the Ruskin
10.20 Keynote: Emma Stibbon, Drawing: Soundings and Resonance followed by Q&A with Gerry Davies
Conversation 1: Drawing the body
11-11.15 Joanne MacDonald: Drawing in Anatomy
11.20-. 11. 35 Julia Midgley: Drawing a Record – lines of engagement
11.40- 11.50 Questions
11.50 -12.00 Short comfort break
Conversation 2: Engaging public and patients
12.00 – 12.15 Daksha Patel: A case study using drawing in the context of Parkinson’s disease
12.20-12.35 Louise Ann Wilson: Drawing-it-Out: Collaborative drawing as a tool in art-based ethnographic and social-science practice and research
12.40 -12.50 Questions
12.50 – 13.45 Lunch & time to view exhibitions
Conversation 3: Measuring the world
13.45-14.00. Richard Talbot: Just What is It?
14.05 -14.20 Katarina Andjelkovic: Genealogies of interactivity from panorama drawings to panoramic photography
14.25 – 14.35: Peter Matthews: A creative collaboration with marine science
14.40 - 14.50 Jennie Speirs Grant: Drawing and the Art of Biosemiotics
14.55 – 15.10 Questions
15.10 - 15.30 Coffee break
Conversation 4: The Mediated Image
15.30- 15.40 Johanna Love: Drawing Dust
15.45- 15.55: Hondartza Fraga: Drawing the Cassini Raw Images of Saturn
16.00 -16.10 Lesley Hicks: Seer and Seen: Drawing from Webcams
16.30 Discussion: Emerging questions and issues
16.50 - 17.00 Closing remarks and observations
Conference exhibition : Drawn to Investigate 10th -17th January The Ruskin, Lancaster University,
10-4, Monday - Friday.
The exhibition looks at the potential of drawing as an investigative tool to make meaningful contributions to knowledge outside the arts. Curated from an international open call, it brings together a range of examples of contemporary drawing with a relationship to ‘scientific’ research in contexts around the world. ‘Science’ is used in the most inclusive sense, embracing all forms of thorough investigation, spanning archaeology to astrophysics and anatomy. Drawing is historically associated with knowledge generation and critical investigation in the sciences. Today, art-science collaboration has become a burgeoning area of interdisciplinary research. The exhibition take a timely look at how drawing today continues to work across the porous boundary between observation and expression, empiricism and invention in a range of investigative practices. This approach builds on John Ruskin’s advocacy of drawing as a way of seeing and understating the world and his prescient understanding of the impact of industrialisation on the natural environment.
Artists include: Hondartza Fraga, Peter Matthews, Jennie Spiers-Grant, Johanna Love, Lesley Hicks, Doris Rohr, Stefan Gant, Dara Rigal, Gemma Anderson, Emma Hunter, Daksha Patel, Julia Midgley, Annalise Rees, Jan Hogan, Vanessa Lucieer, Richard Talbot , Emma Stibbon.
An exhibition catalogue is available.
Directions to the event
The exhibition and conference take place at The Ruskin, on Lancaster University campus.
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