Making through thinking; thinking through making; thinking and making through trust and catharsis or “…as though she knew how to do something she didn’t understand” (Serres,  2011, p. 124). Exploring the notion of ‘instructions’ this seminar intends to raise a discussion on the relationship between instructions and systems of knowledge. What role can instructions play within knowledge systems and learning processes? And what can their relationship be with Transdisciplinarity? Placing the discussion within an Arts framework, these relationships and interactions will be interrogated through the specific context of drawing instructions.
Instructions have no site of existence, they are potential, ideations presented either through drawings, diagrams, spoken or written words, however, when performed they may either carry the weight of an imposition and restriction, or that of serendipity and imagination. Instructions thus seem to trigger opposing emotions and actions. This double bind is also present within drawing instructions, which are looked upon as simplifying what cannot be simplified -the process of knowing something- while at the same time they are used as a medium to be explored within art and thus conveying a knowledge. As such, how can instructions be seen at the same time as open ended, emergent and systemic, but also as the opposite, as something oppressive, even dictatorial, the closing down of possibilities, freedom or agency?
Serres, M. (1999) Variations on the Body. Minneapolis: Univocal. 2011
- Sol LeWitt drawing instructions
WORK FROM INSTRUCTIONS (1971):
USING A BLACK, HARD CRAYON DRAW A TWENTY INCH SQUARE.
DIVIDE THIS SQUARE INTO ONE INCH SQUARES. WITHIN EACH
ONE INCH SQUARE, DRAW NOTHING, OR DRAW A DIAGONAL
STRAIGHT LINE FROM CORNER TO CORNER OR TWO CROSSING
STRAIGHT LINES DIAGONALLY FROM CORNER TO CORNER
- Nicolas Paris instructions (2011) for Hans Ulrich Obrist curatorial project Do It
Pillow Book I
Look for the drawings left on your pillow when you wake up in the morning (or after a nap). Trace your dreams.