Drawing near : inscribing urban spaces
Thesis (MA (Visual Arts))--Stellenbosch University, 2008.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Drawing has consistently been the point of departure in all my research - be it practical or theoretical. Through various breaks and re-routes in my practical work, my conception of drawing has developed into a visual and spatial way of thinking. Hence, taking cue from the practical component, the text opens with an investigation into the aspects of drawing that has proven influential to my process. The dissertation traces a route parallel to the tendencies, developments and departures of my practical body of work. The thesis maps theories of drawing and connects it to notions of memory, narrative and travel by way of the texts of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze. The test indicates that in the context of my research drawing becomes a flanerie - a way of participating in and of responding to contemporary urban spaces. By referencing texts of key thinkers on space and place, the thesis concludes by positioning drawing as a situated practice that indicates (potential) ways of being-in-the-world.