Thinking Through Drawing Symposium: Practice Into Knowledge

| January 4, 2012

Some reflections on coming together…

“…the possibilities of what drawing is and the contexts in which it flourishes. Farthing engaged in something of a taxonomy of drawing, pushing the audience to consider the “outer extremities” of the practice, as Burton describes it. Showing an image of a plane taking off and casting a shadow, Farthing asked, “Is the pilot drawing on the ground?” As Moffett (a pilot himself) extends it, “Imagine the pilot as drawing lines of flight through space. If we want to call flying drawing, do so and see what that allows.”

The most avidly questioned panelist was Neil Shah, a British surgeon who demonstrated how medical doctors draw out their operations. “Scientists work the forefront of imagination and investigation. They need to draw because sometime that’s the only way to represent a thought,” Burton explains.”

Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Amy Wolf.

In a weekend that brought together leaders in such diverse fields as medicine, architecture, textile design and cognitive science and gave them a commonality, the Art and Art Education Department’s recent Thinking Through Drawing Symposium was a ground-breaking event and the first of its kind in the nation.  “This has been a long time coming,” …