Adaptation: Drawing from Dioramas is a project that extends your skills in both observational and conceptual drawing. Maps, dioramas and models have been used for centuries as a means for scientific and creative exploration. Models do different kinds of “practical, philosophical and symbolic work for us”*, for example, we can use maps and dioramas to document, invent, experiment and instruct. This project encourages you to apply aesthetic and conceptual processes that adapt and transform the known world, materially and spatially, through drawing.
Mapping is a process of condensing and ordering information about a place; “for artists […] maps have provided—symbolically, metaphorically, and graphically—emblems of power; realms and mazes to be explored; abstract forms to be manipulated; and the shapes of dreams.”* Use the process of mapping as an intermediary step between the three dimensional world and the world of your diorama to explore the possibilities of ‘place’.
Unlike tracings which propagate redundancies, mappings discover new worlds within past and present ones; they inaugurate new grounds upon the hidden traces of a living context. The capacity to reformulate what already exists is the important step. And what already exists is more than just the physical attributes of terrain (topography, rivers, roads, buildings) but includes also the various hidden forces that underlie the workings of a given place.
—James Corner, “The Agency of Mapping”
in: “At The Border: Tatiana Bilbao and Ayesha S. Ghosh-Where is the border?” See: eflux architecture, 17 May 2020: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/at-the-border/325748/where-is-the-border/
The diorama operates as a hypothetical realm in which a change in scale and materiality creates aesthetic and conceptual possibilities that can be further manipulated by using lighting, or unfamiliar viewpoints (eg. birds-eye view, peephole, plan view). How can a diorama re-present the world? How can the diorama operate as a subject for drawing?
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Essay on Making Worlds in Art and Science Fiction by Dr Amelia Barikin, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland: makingworldsart
A Working Model of the World: Exhibition first staged at UNSW Galleries, UNSW Art & Design https://workingmodeloftheworld.com )
Exhibition: Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities” at Museum of Art and Design, New York: https://madmuseum.org/sites/default/files/static/ed/otherworldly_TRP_final_sm_0.pdf
Interview with Paul Pfeiffer who discusses his diorama-inspired sculptures that respond to popular horror movies; “Scenes of Horror — “Poltergeist,” “The Exorcist,” and “The Amityville Horror” https://art21.org/read/paul-pfeiffer-scenes-of-horror-poltergeist-the-exorcist-and-the-amityville-horror/