The TRACEY call under the theme of Presence, poses the following questions:
- What is the relationship between ‘drawer’ and ‘drawn’ in the moment of drawing?
- Does drawing enable immediate sensuous presence in relation to its object?
- How might the sustained attention of drawing be characterized? What is the role of immediacy, mediation, meditation, repetition?
- What role do empathy, intensity and materiality play in drawing? What role do order, analysis and clarity play in drawing?
- Is drawing a meaningful activity? If so, in what way? Do drawings have meaning? Is their meaning objective, subjective or both?
- What does drawing say about desire? Is drawing a form of appropriation, a will-to-possess, a way of taking hold of things? Or does it imply a moment of dispossession, a surrender of ‘self’ in search of a new understanding?
- Do accident, loss of control and the properties of the medium influence thinking?
- Does drawing offer a mode of engagement that enables understanding the world in terms of ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’, in terms of dynamic processes rather than static objects?
- Does drawing reduplicate the world or can it transform it? Is it a kind of metamorphosis?