Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.
Image: Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1964
THE DRAWN MISTAKE
Tues, 2-5pm, Room TBC
Within this course, we will investigate different approaches to drawing as an act of thought or creation within art and architecture. Looking first into historical examples, we will discuss how an image works compositionally and how balance and form affect the overall structure. Moving on to exploring mark making itself, on the most fundamental level a point or a line, it is the trace left behind as evidence of human interaction.
This is the participatory action epitomized in Paul Klee’s famous quote, “drawing is taking a line for a walk.” There is a direct physical action involved that includes the presence of a body within the trace left behind. Combining these two fundamentals, form/space and action/line becomes the crux of architectural thought: the paradox of the pyramid and the labyrinth. Finally, we will investigate the role of chance in creation. A mistake can be the originator of the most interesting, unforeseen results. It is by exploring these ideas visually that we will work through the process of creating a critical drawing, one that is both a construction and a generator of ideas.
Session 1: INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING
Tuesday 10 Jan / 14 Feb
A look into the allegorical origin of drawing.
Form and Space: working with composition and the figure/ground relationship.
Compositional exercise in positive/negative space, shape, and form using cast shadows.
Session 2: LINE
Tuesday 17 Jan / 21 Feb
The mark as an action, an extension of a body.
Exercise in mark making as performance.
To create the trace of an event or presence.
Session 3: ARCHIVES
Tuesday 24 Jan / 28 Feb
A visit to the archives to see some of the different ways drawing has been utilized over the history of the AA. The mistake: How taking advantage of chance can be the most creative generator.
Deconstruction and reconstruction of previous exercises, bringing together form, space, the trace of the body, and chance.
Session 4: TUTORIALS
Tuesday 31 Jan / 7 March
Working on the final project, a reworking and rebuilding of all that has gone on beforehand. Finishing off with a short presentation of the projects in progress.