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Does the world draw?

Ravetz, Amanda; Douglas, Anne


Amanda Ravetz

Anne Douglas


Drawing can be explained in at least two ways: exemplifying trace, an inherent capacity or collection of characteristics in an individual (Nancy 2013) e.g. Rembrandt's drawing versus Van Gogh's drawing, the drawing of a particular thing in the world by a particular individual; or as an open-ended, improvisatory movement through the world that marks a line (Ingold, 2011). This may be physical, metaphysical, virtual or real. This participatory artlab set out to create a collision between these different approaches to drawing and to use this experience to open a debate about drawing and anthropology. The 90 minute workshop offered participants points of access into different aspects of drawing which include: collaborative, ephemeral, imagistic and relational. It also opened into a discussion on the implications of these experiences for an ontology of creativity and for the practices of art/anthropology.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jul 31, 2014
Publication Date Aug 3, 2014
Institution Citation RAVETZ, A. and DOUGLAS, A. 2014. Does the world draw? Presented at the Tallin workshop, 1st August 2014, as part of the 13th European Association of Social Anthropologists biennial conference of collaboration intemacy and revolution (EASA 2014): innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, 31st July-3rd August 2014, Tallinn, Estonia.
Keywords Drawing; Anthropology; Workshop; Collaboration
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