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Volume 11, No. 1Presence

Published 18 July 2016

Issue description


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?