Weekend Enquiry: Observation and Visualisation in Art and Science

Peter Fraser

1 - 2 September 2018

1 & 2 September
10.30am – 4.30pm

In response to Peter Fraser’s exhibition Mathematics, artist and researcher Gemma Anderson leads this weekend course, focusing on the twin themes of morphology and drawing. The course will take place across Camden Arts Centre’s Garden, Drawing Studio and Hampstead Heath.

Morphology is the study of the form, shape and structure of things. Through a series of experimental and intuitive drawing and visualisation methods, the aim of the course will be to develop and share new ways in which drawing practice can enhance morphological insight, specifically within the contexts of art, the natural sciences and mathematics.

This course will highlight historical and contemporary practices of independent investigations in Art and Science through the work of artists, scientists and thinkers such as Goethe, Klee, Thistlewood and Mundy as well as linking to contemporary philosophers in the field of ‘Process Philosophy’ such as John Dupre.

This course runs over full days. There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm each day. Lunch is not provided.

Gemma Anderson works across the visual arts, the life sciences, mathematics and philosophy to explore life forms and processes. She is interested in drawing as a mode of enquiry, a way of knowing, and of modelling life processes to the extent that drawing does not seek to illustrate but to be like the phenomena in question. Anderson’s research takes various forms, including paper artworks (drawings, etchings, watercolours, origami) academic papers, workshops, talks and installations, with the venues ranging from museums, art spaces, journals, botanical gardens, universities and scientific labs. Her work has been exhibited and published widely from the Victoria and Albert Museum to journals such as Leonardo (MIT Press) and her recent peer reviewed book ‘Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science’ (Intellect, 2017). Anderson currently works in academia as a research fellow (co-investigator, AHRC grant) at the University of Exeter and is an associate lecturer of Drawing at Falmouth University. This year Anderson developed the course syllabus ‘Biology and Art: investigations through drawing’ as the international visiting scholar at Grinnell College (US).

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Eligible Concessions
Concessionary fees are available to attendees who are in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, income support, job seekers allowance or a state pension; full time students with NUS cards or those who are registered disabled.

Please bring evidence of your concessionary status and show it to the Bookshop staff on the first day of your course.

Refund Policy
Please note that bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.

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