Thinking with

Track:
SENSORY DESIGN IV
What:
Talk
When:
16:30, Saturday 8 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
0

Kristin Washco and Sheryl Boyle, Carleton University

This presentation will explore the concept of “thinking with” versus “thinking about” materiality as a multisensory process engaging the body, as a way of knowing history. In particular, we will deal with architectural tools for drawing and how they can affect our imagination and process of drawing by looking at four historic artifacts: gesso panels, charcoal and silver drawing pencils and bread erasers. These “instruments” create the basic set of tools that enable drawing. By looking to the 14th century artisans manual Il Libro dell’Arte by the Italian Cennino Cennini and his recipes for these elements, the authors reflect on how (re)making these tools and using them produced an opportunity to “think with” rather than “think about” the artifacts, producing a deeply sensory experience of drawing that brought into focus temporal and atmospheric dimensions of drawing not otherwise evident.

Presenter
Carleton University
Presenter
Carleton University
Associate Professor