Maria João Gamito
The draughtswomen/men draw one another: operation for a choice of targets at Fábrica Braço de Prata [‘Silver Arm Factory’ or ‘Factory of the Material of War’]
Three draughtspeople looking for a target, or rather various targets, or even many targets. Why do they look for nothing, or better, do they limit themselves to take as target those that have elected them as target? The figure will be the line or the triangle, de-multiplied through the overlaps, resulting from the probable dislocation of the three coordinates which, at each moment, signal the position of the draughtsperson. To the three draughtspeople others will join, who, in a kind of mise-en-abîme, typical in videogames, will elect their own targets or, because they might elect nothing, they will limit themselves to take as targets those who have already elected them as targets. Contaminating the expanded practice of drawing with the war metaphors of photography, the concept will relate to territorial fixation, counting with a permanent reconfiguration of its map, from a far away evocation of the spirit of place: the factory and the name associate to it [‘Silver Arm Factory’ or ‘Factory of the Material of War’]
Maria João Gamito. Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon. Also Associate Professor, Invited Guest at the Department of Architecture at ISCTE; also Correspondent Member at the National Academy of Fine Arts. Currently the Coordinator of the BA course in Multimedia at FBAUL; Also Coordinator of the Scientific Department of Drawing for the Architecture course at ISCTE. Her research activities are inscribed in the scientific areas of Visual Culture, Theory of Image and Drawing.