Student Workshop17 - 18 July 2021
A weekend drawing workshop run by Cartographies of the Imagination curators Kirsty Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah in association with Drawing Matter, invited all university students engaged with the expanded process of drawing to join us on a voyage of experimental world-building.
Together, we explored alternative practices of charting physical places alongside people, memories, events and narratives. To map is both a method of understanding and documenting, but within its enactment lie fundamental questions of truth and subjectivity, control, projection, and the navigation of places between the real and the imaginary.
Working with drawings from the Drawing Matter archive including works by Zaha Hadid, Peter Wilson and Guy Debord, we invited participants to examine, re-imagine and re-inhabit drawings as worlds within themselves. We experimented with new and unorthodox drawing practices, and fundamentally challenged the way we dissect, interpret and rebuild the world around us.
The student workshop is part of the Drawing Laboratory: A series of experimental workshops exploring how we navigate, perceive and translate the world around us through drawing.
Through a series of evening salons, day and weekend workshops, we invite school children and youth groups, art and architecture students, artists, makers, growers and other creatives to participate in a giant collaborative map of the imagination. The map will be drawn, redrawn and re-re-drawn over the course of the festival, by the eyes, hands and imaginations of many.
With a multi-disciplinary approach to speculative drawing and map-making practices at all different scales, the Drawing Laboratory will uncover, interpret and reimagine the hidden secrets and stories around us; exploring how we experience place, both individually and as a collective. Experimenting with different drawing processes, found and made materials and engaging all our senses, each workshop will trace, translate and re-imagine a new layer each responding to the ideas and drawings of the last. Through an additive and open-ended process, we will together build, grow and populate the cities, gardens and mindscapes of our collective imagination. Together we will draw Cosmocartos.
The Drawing Laboratory collaborative map will be exhibited in the greenhouses as it emerges over the course of the festival. Its official inauguration will be on our last day - Friday 30 July, where we invite all participants to celebrate their part in it’s making.