Matter and movement: Expression as topological continuity or a return to Butades' wall

Jewell, Sharon (2014) Matter and movement: Expression as topological continuity or a return to Butades' wall. In Inter-discipline: AAANZ Conference 2013 - Conference Proceedings, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, VIC.

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This paper aims to address the ways in which drawing can be understood as the becoming-expressive of materials, site, and body, over time. The discussion pivots around a series of studies that replace linear or causal relationships – in history, drawing and expression – with topological movement. My approach is largely through a speculative case study. In a rereading of the familiar Butades myth, I examine how a shadow tracing can variously be taken as the first mimetic art with its origins in the urge to “capture”, and, antithetically, as the originary expressive folding of matter, site and body.

The paper is divided into five sections. The first presents the Butades myth, identifying the representational problem that lies at the roots of its traditional telling. The next three sections outline a series of topologies that facilitate a discussion of the Butades myth from historical, disciplinary, and expressive perspectives. The final section aims to show the relevance of this discussion to a contemporary drawing practice, using my own drawing research as a case study.

The field of inquiry is that of representational critique. The fold, an image associated with a topological geometry, replaces the relational or signifying disjuncture of representational structures, and suggests a becoming- expressive of subject and object, form and matter.

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ID Code: 82934
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Drawing, Topology, Butades, Expression
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 05:06
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2015 03:19

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