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Beyond linearity : contemporary drawing and the naturalistic representation of experience


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Walch, MB 2009 , 'Beyond linearity : contemporary drawing and the naturalistic representation of experience', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research project sets out to demonstrate that a contemporary application of
systematic drawing principles to the representation of natural environments could
extend beyond the linear conventions upon which these principles are founded, and
thereby produce dynamic and expressive interpretations of human and non-human
systems. The project was pursued through an exploration of themes central to
representation of natural environments. These include; the technologies of mapping
systems; the construction of temporal and spatial frameworks; the aesthetics of natural
environments; and concepts related to locality and placement. Research methods
included the reconstruction of optical devices, the undertaking of extensive field trips,
and the learning of new computer languages.
The background to the project is located in: the history of geometry and the concept of
the visual ray as first posited by Aristotle; the writings and research of Patrick
Maynard, who analysed the role of drawing in the construction of the modern
technological world; Manuel DeLanda's writings on Gilles Deleuze, and his concepts of
the manifold, intensive science, and virtual philosophy; the alternative mapping
strategies proposed by John Pickle; and the writings of Arnold Berleant who discussed
the aesthetics of natural environments. These concepts are drawn out contextually in
the exegesis through reference to visual artists involved in (re-)mapping their
environments; including Hamish Fulton and John Wolslely in relation to representation
of direct experience of being in the land; Bea Maddock's inverted geometric projection
of Tasmania; Mark Lombardi's visualisation of networks; and Daniel Crooks's temporal
re-mapping experiments.
The outcome of the research 1s a body of five artworks; Origin 2004-2008 [constant
change), Range 2006 [strange attractor), Sticks and Stones, Drowning by Numbers and
Source. These works were created in response to an analysis of conventional mapping
systems, and the limitations of their geometric and optical drawing methodologies in
visualising natural environments. The works in the thesis exhibition use various
strategies, based on the application of alternative mapping methodologies, which
engage the viewer in new temporal and spatial networks, and thus challenge
perceptions of what it is that constitutes experience of environment.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Walch, MB
Keywords: Cartography in art
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Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references

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