DIAGRAM RESEARCH, USE AND GENERATION GROUP EVENT

DRUGG – OPEN SYMPOSIUM

Pearson Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL, London

14th and 15th July, 10-5pm

Diagrams are found in a variety of creative fields and academic disciplines where they serve different functions. However diagrammatic practices share a number of generic characteristics that include the representation of concepts, forces and relations, the storage and organisation of data and the generation of new worlds.

What counts as a diagram? Diagrams are not just graphic figures and words on paper, they are also cognitive machines traversed and activated by discourse. In this sense diagrams involve or generate narration, interpretation and performance and are not limited to two dimensions.  They are experiments in thinking that have the potential to engender new discourses and relations between diverse artistic, philosophical and scientific fields.

This two-day research event will address a range of diagrammatic issues through presentations, papers, demonstrations, workshops, drawings, film and performance.

The event is free, and all are welcome, but please confirm attendance to d.burrows@ucl.ac.uk

The Lecture Theatre is on the left side and in the left hand corner of the Quad of Gower Street, entrance to Pearson Building is to the left of the Slade.

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Confirmed Speakers

Ami Clarke  Error-correction- an introduction to future diagrams.

Andrew Conio Diagram without an Image – Diagrams exist in the world, they are the invisible armatures that figure the palpable and haptic yet indiscernible modulations that exist between forces (which may be material, virtual, ideational or social). The Diagram can also serve as a concept for understanding the status, meaning, and function of artistic activity. I will examine whether the ‘diagram without image’ can be used to explore how political (strategic interventionist) artworks can be conceived outside of the conventions of art history and theory?

John Cussans Diagram-as-Thinking-Machine/Art-as-Metapractice - a demonstration of Alfred Korzybski’s 4-dimensional diagram (or ‘Structural Differential’) exploring the idea of art-as-metapractice.

Dean Kenning Diagram and allegory: how drawing thinks – Utilising my ongoing work Metallurgy of the Subject, I will demonstrate the way the diagrammatic and the allegorical work in conjunction, each arising from the spaces and gaps created by the other in a single work, simultaneously clarifying and complicating, condensing and proliferating, representing and producing connections, positions and meanings.

David Osbaldeston poses the question, ‘if an artists purpose is to lie, then why the hell am i drawing a diagram to explain it?’ He will aim to explore how forces of obfuscation, miscommunication, and displacement of language may apply to reconsider our perceived relations with the world, past, present, or future, as anything but axiomatic.

Matt Rodda Diagramming the Phantasm – This talk explores the importance of diagrams in visualising the theory of the phantasm. In particular, the presentation utilises a diagramming of phantasmatic models (notably following Giorgio Agamben) to make the not easily observable empirical phenomena of the phantasm perceivable.

Fatos Ustek  The Tricothomy of Now : A Sheer Speculation – Illustration of forward and backward causation on juxtaposed coordinates of two now-planes.

Giorgio Sadotti a presentation of audio an diagram using rockabilly/rock and roll from the 50s, including Clarence Frogman Henry. Giorgio will explore the diagrammatic and abstract aspects of sound.

Andy Wier Compressed Intercessor – A silent presentation using video and PowerPoint diagrams. The presentation takes as its point of departure the educational science documentary movement of ‘zooming’ between scales and recognised images (from skin to cell to DNA etc.). It uses diagrammatical operations to pick up the ‘interzoom’ between recognised images and expand them into pulsing digital matter. The whole presentation is conceived diagrammatically as 1. A dirty germ of rhythm; 2. Materialisation of paradox; 3. Registration of horizons of unthought.

Venue: Pearson Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

DRUGG  facilitators: Dave Burrows, Ami Clarke, Andrew Conio, John Cussans, Dean Kenning, David Osbaldeston

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