Drawing week

Drawing with video: documentation, projection, scale, composition

This workshop explores the relationship between drawing and video by thinking about transformations in scale and composition that can occur when working between mark making and moving images.

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Wednesday 29 January.


Lecturers: Ben Denham and Gary Warner

Location: NAS building 2, 1st year photomedia studio

We will start by documenting drawing processes with video with a focus on the process of documenting as a means to alter how and what we draw. We will go from wide shots that document larger gestures to extreme close-ups showing the detail of marks appearing on paper. This work will allow us to think about how documenting the act of drawing can add something important to our understanding of works on paper.

Matthew Barney, DRAWING RESTRAINT 10 (2005)

We’ll then create video compositions. We’ll do this by composing miniature ‘scenes’ in front of the camera and compositing our video documentation of the drawing process into these scenes. We’ll extend this play of scale by compositing larger objects, figures or landscapes into our miniature scenes. These composited videos will then be blown up with a projector to serve as the impetus to create further drawings.

Carolee Schneeman, Up to and including her limits, 1976

Finally we will bring together video projections and drawings and install them in building 25 on the final day of the workshop as a way of thinking about the spatial possibilities of this sort of work.

Mike Parr, 100 Breaths, 2002, black and white video, sound, 52mins

The workshop will involve learning many technical aspects of video production that we can combine with our knowledge of traditional drawing media to think about the similarities and analogies between these areas of practice.  We will work with technical aspects of video production including framing, lighting and other factors that influence the exposure of the image. We will also consider frame rates (frames per second), colour balance and depth of field and various aspects of video post-production. We will use this knowledge to think about the relationship between drawing and video.

What is the video equivalent of a quick sketch or a series of sketches? How can we think through an iterative process in making video work? How can we use video as a way of looking at the world that might have some parallels to the way we look when we do observational drawing?