Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
02 ARASH SALEK URBAN IDENTITY OF MIDDLE EASTERN CITIES POST-STRUCTURAL CONCEPTS IN A TRADITIONAL REGION
03 BRIAN DOUGAN, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH, COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, ART & DESIGN BEYOND VISUAL DRAWING AS A TRANSDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE
04 MAZDAK MOJDEHI, KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, SUSTAINED INSTABILITY
05 AUREL VON RICHTHOFEN, GERMAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH. IN OMAN THE “WAVE-BREAKER”– A NOVEL APPROACH TO COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (CAD) REPRESENTATION
06 AZADEH MALEKI A STUDY OF THE SYMBOLISM IN IRANIAN PAINTINGS WITH AN ORIENTATION OF PROPHET’S ASCENSION
07 DR. AMI J. ABOU-BAKR, KING’S COLLEGE LONDON THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MAP ‘DRAWINGS’ ON THE MIDDLE EAST
08 KELLY CHORPENING, CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, LONDON, BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
09 MARYCLARE FOA SOUNDING WAVES: DRAWING INTO THE MIND’S EYE.
DRAWING AS AN INTERSECTION
10 MARIAM MOJDEHI GRAFFITI & PUBLIC SPACE–3 CONTEMPORARY CASE STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
DRAWING: A PORTRAIT AND LANDSCAPE, NOTATIONS OF OUR TIME
11 SUTAPA BISWAS, CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, LONDON DRAWING SUBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVES – TIME IN THE CONTEXT OF VISUAL BEING.
12 JULIA TOWNSEND, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI EASTERN AND WESTERN PARADIGMS IN DRAWING: KORANIC ILLUMINATION VERSUS THE PICTURE PLANE
13 BRIAN DOUGAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH BEYOND VISUAL
14 CHRISTOS HADJICHRISTOS UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS LAYERING IS NOT
NJA MAHDOUAI TUNISIA
DR MARCELO GUIMARAES LIMA AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI
DR IRENE BARBERIS RMIT UNIVERSITY MELBOURNE
CO - CHAIRS
MIDDLE EASTERN CHAIR/S : DR MARCELO LIMA, PROFESSOR JULIA TOWNSEND
Crossing The Line Conference
American University in Dubai, Exit 32, Sheik Zayed Road
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Stephen Farthing RA, Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts London, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Crossing The Line Conference in Dubai, UAE, at the American University in Dubai, in early November, 2011. The Conference is a joint project of AUD and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In this brief interview, the artist gives us some initial thoughts on drawing and on his participation in Crossing The Line: Drawing in the Middle East - intersections of transdisciplinary practice and understanding
What is the role of drawing in your own art practice?
Stephen Farthing - I imagine while I’m actually drawing that I use drawing in two quite different ways, first to record, then to unravel problems, plan and strategize. When I sit back and think about my own art practice drawing probably has only one use – to help me see more clearly.
How do you see the role of drawing in your experience as an educator?
Stephen Farthing - In western culture the drawing class has I suspect been considered by most of its users part church, part gymnasium. During the latter half of the twentieth century most progressive western art schools replaced drawing with two new subjects , one was Art Theory and the other a craft related subject based on familiarizing students with the use of Lens/Scanner Based Technologies. Over time this shift in direction within the curriculum lead to a substantial decline in interest in things hand-made and personal, and it seems a surge in interest in Technological Interfaces and what I can best describe as Detached Randomness’s.
Today, driven less by a sense of disappointment with the new than a sense of physical and emotional loss we appear to be mid way through a process of re-acquaintance with both the strengths and weaknesses of our own hands and the strengths and weaknesses of new technology.
We have, it seems prioritized within drawing ways of making the past and the present, the digital and the manual work more effectively together . Today we teach drawing with a view towards improving our students ability to see, plan, remember, choose and communicate, just as we did in the past.
Stephen Farthing, Moko Map, 2007, water colour on paper, 29 x 42 cms
How do you see the future of drawing in the digital era?
Stephen Farthing - I see drawing as a lead subject in encouraging creativity and a seamless interaction between the digital and lens driven technology and the hand made.
What will be the subject of your presentation at the Crossing The Line Conference?
Stephen Farthing - An explanation of the bigger picture of drawing as a taxonomy.
What are you expectations about the conference?
Stephen Farthing - To confront new people and their ideas