Project Talk – the Role of Drawing

There will be an open Seminar/Workshop on Drawing, 4.00pm-5.30pm, Tuesday 6th May 2015, @ University of Nottingham, Sustainable Research Building (SRB) Seminar Room C10
Location Map the SRB is No. 17 on the map next to ‘North Entrance’

This session will feature two short presentations by members of the Almshouse Tempera Project, Jonathan Hale and Deborah Harty, coordinated by Derek Hampson

Unlocked-for-editing: Tools for transformation;
This talk will ask how it is possible for a designer to discover something new within the act of drawing. Typically, a half-formed idea of how a space could be reconfigured is roughly sketched out on paper using what Maurice Merleau-Ponty would describe – as he did with spoken language – as a process of ‘coherent deformation of available significations.’ By drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s analysis of what he called expressive or ‘speaking speech’, I will aim to shed some light on the creative potential of sketching as a tool for the design process.

Jonathan Hale is an architect and Reader in Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham.

Drawing through the threshold
Deborah Harty’s recent research is centred around the premise ‘drawing is phenomenology’: an investigation into the phenomenological potential of various drawing genres and processes. Harty will make reference to various positions being taken within this research and introduce new starting points and thresholds generated as a consequence of her engagement with the Almshouse Tempera Project.

Deborah Harty is a Lecturer in Fine Art at both Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University and a co-director of TRACEY drawing and visualisation research:

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