Historically, draftsmen have sought to emphasise traditional binaries in their work, such as gender, purity or 'naturalness'. The concept of the cyborg serves to challenge and deconstruct many of these distinctions, in particular the line we draw between the natural and the unnatural, the organic and the artificial.
This workshop will encourage you to imaginatively draw the cyborg subject, taking this as an opportunity to understand the aesthetics of the artificial and the boundaries of the natural. With the assistance of our model, Ze Royale, you will be challenged to blend machine and human subjects. You will also have some time to let your imagination run wild and experiment.
These workshops are intended to be exploratory and we hope they will challenge you to think and draw in new ways. They are also intended to be fun! We welcome participants with all levels of experience and from all backgrounds.
We provide basic tools like paper and boards and any special equipment required, but please bring your favourite drawing materials.
This is the first of a series of experimental workshops looks to the future of drawing by imagining how the practice might evolve in response to technology. Each workshop in the series introduces technological disruptions or augmentations into the traditional life drawing session.
Drawing is one of the oldest and most elemental creative disciplines. By making simple marks in response to what we see, we are training many of the core abilities of an artist, from close observation and mark making to creative expression and imagination. Life drawing in particular, involves dissolving the most intimate of subjects—the human body—into a 2D representation that packages all of our aesthetic and emotive responses. As technology continues to influence our lives in new and pervasive ways, so to must drawing's potential to utilise and reflect on those changes.
This event is organised as part of Co-June at the School of Machines.