Programme – Project abstracts
(Full descriptions will be provided at the beginning of each project)
October 2008: Value-less
Teresa Carneiro (UK/Portugal)
Collaborative project with invited artists: Nuno Neves, Susana Vilela, Luís Filipe Gomes, Inês Marques and Luís Almeida
If the activity of drawing might delay an attribution of meaning or produce a certain removal from a fixed configuration of meaning, can this then allow something value-less to become released from its meaning-less? (...) By intensifying and concentrating on the temporal unfolding of a drawing activity, and therefore extending the spatial dimensions of its embodied operations (...), rather than a ruin, a remainder, or simply an-other of an archetypal existence, the ‘final’ outcome of this drawing (...) will concern how these subjective mediations become configured through a material appearance (...) A group of artists will work in co-ordination to develop a large scale drawing of a tiny object through a methodological approach that Teresa has been forming and testing for the past 4 years. This drawing will be displayed along with previous works produced as part of her practice-based research. Throughout the residency the public will be invited to follow the developmental stages of this drawing.
November 2008: DE-SKILL AND RE-SKILL
Juliet Macdonald (UK)
Objective: To take a diverse, idiosyncratic drawing practice and systematize it, with particular reference to the operations of control and skill (…) The idea for this project has emerged from (…) an enquiry into my own manual-visual drawing practice as a means of reflection on subjective knowledge-making. The practice concerns bodies, drawn from observation. The drawings that are produced can be categorised according to obvious criteria of ‘subject matter’ for example, people, bees, crows. However, my intention with this project is to create an alternative taxonomy in order to group and grade the drawings according to the level of control I had over the circumstances of their making (…) Concurrent with this, a series of new drawings will be conducted which will be graded according to a rationale based on skill. This will be a way of examining the manual, visual and tool-using elements of drawing, which constitute a skilled practice (…) The objective of this part of the project is to re-enact some of this history of undoing, in a systematic way, and then to experiment with ways in which my own practice can be put back together to incorporate both dexterity and clumsiness, vision and blindness, figurative intentionality and animal awkwardness.”
December 2008: wall project (based on interactions with the public)
Daniel Melim (Portugal)
To be published soon (date subject to confirmation).
January 2009: English Red Earth
Onya MacClausand (UK)
“The aim of this project is to make a wall drawing using a pigment sourced from Clearwell ochre mine in the Forest of Dean, England. The pigment is known as 'English Red Earth' (…) Working large scale directly from the wall the work will take form by erasing the pigment from one location within the space and depositing it onto another using a rubber/eraser. The piece sets up dialectics between structure and void, presence and absence, generating tension during the transition of form to non-form, positive to negative. A drawing process of systematic and repeated erasure and displacement of material continually undoes and then re-asserts the relationship between one mark and another, and between one site and another(…) The piece will take the form of a live drawing. Its duration and its scale will be determined by the parameters of the space, estimated to be six to nine days actively drawing inside the space.”
February 2009: Graphic Diaries
Eduardo Côrte-Real (Portugal)
This project will concern the exhibition of 80 Graphic Diaries that, for more than 2 decades, were used by the artist to produce everyday drawings.The selection of works from each diary will follow a script previously written by the artist. This script will provide guidelines instructing which drawing should be displayed from which diary at each specific day. In this way, giving that each unique selection of drawings will be made available only for 1 day, the exhibition will alter the content of its subject on a daily basis. In articulation to this project, IADE will launch a publication of these works with texts by various authors, and there will be a series of debates between artists and researchers interested in the use of drawing through this working methodology.
Developed in partnership with IADE, Institute of Visual Arts Design and Marketing.
March 2009: 16 Shades of Grey
Leonor da Silva (UK)
“16 Shades of Grey presents the outcome of a drawing practice developed over several years, in conjunction with textual explorations that investigate the ways in which meaning becomes constructed (…)Produced using sixteen differing shades of grey pencil, this series of drawings has been painstakingly constructed to visually represent, critique and address issues relating to Colonization, Production, Religion, Capitalism and Labour (…) My methodological approach has been to develop an experimental form of drawing that invites viewers to actively engage with the work but that also simultaneously frustrates any desire for passive consumption. Each image is infused with a multiplicity of layers and levels of focus and, therefore, refuses to visually cohere. As a result of this, the mastery of the gaze defers towards visual disorientation… all is not what it seems (…)” Throughout the exhibition the artist will present a daily programme of performances - from story-telling to stand-up comedy - which will be used to question, re-enact, open up, but also confuse the perceptions of the displayed drawings.
April 2009: artistic collaboration
Paulo Brighenti + (artist to be confirmed) (Portugal)
During this project Paulo Brighenti will work in collaboration with another artist to develop a site specific work in response to a challenge made by Drawing Spaces. The project will aim to articulate somehow the artistic and pedagogical relations that these artists have established with drawing throughout their careers. This work will be accessible to the public throughout the developmental stages of its production.
May 2009: artistic collaboration
Lucy Lyons (UK) + Marta de Menezes (Portugal)
This collaboration will put into dialogue different approaches that these artists have developed in their research to investigate the processes of image making at the interface between the arts and sciences. This project will be integrated on the series of artistic residencies promoted by the project ‘Ectopia’, using their laboratories at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, and will be articulated with the series of debates from the project ‘The image in Science and Art’ from the Centre for the Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon).
Developed in partnership with the projects:
1. Ectopia, from the Instituto Gulbenkian da Ciência (http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt/node/view/117)
2. A imagem na ciência e na arte (The image in Science and Art), from the Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (http://ica.fc.ul.pt/index.html)
June 2009: institutional collaboration (collective project)
To be published soon.
July 2009: institutional collaboration
C4RD (UK) and Drawing Spaces (Portugal)
Travelling residency and exhibition organized in collaboration with the Centre for Recent Drawing, London. Programme to be confirmed.
August 2009: Scientific Drawings
Scientific Illustrators (to be announced soon) (UK/Portugal)
To be published soon.
Developed in articulation with the project:
A imagem na ciência e na arte (The image in Science and Art), from the Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (http://ica.fc.ul.pt/index.html)
September 2009: individual project (based on drawing with materials)
Carlos Nogueira (Portugal)
To be published soon.