April 4, 2008


The class meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings , 9 am- 12pm,
beginning January 28th and concluding May 12th

The studio assigned for this class is Regis W243.

Professor Diane Katsiaficas is available by appointment and welcomes the opportunity to talk about your concerns, suggestions, etc.

Her office is Regis W218.


Project 2: Marker and Map (Symbol/ Sign/ Text)

A marker can serve as an affirmation, connection, or insurance of an event, time or place.

It can be experienced individually or communally.

A marker can direct or guide movement.

Part 1:

Think about the idea of place. What is ‘place’?
Write 100 words about place. Bring a hard copy (typewritten) to class with you.

make a series of small drawings in whatever medium you wish or sense is appropriate
that are an example of
1. a marker of an event
2. a marker for time
3. a marker for a place.

Part 2:

Reinterpret the structure of your marker reducing three dimensional illusionistic or descriptive elements into a structural abstraction. Appraoch this as a stretch from representational reality to more abstract imaging.

Part 3:

Think about

1. What will you map?

2. What kind of time span will you cover?

3. What are the visual corollaries to the ideas you have?

4. What materials might be appropriate?

5. How will you organize this information?

6..What ideas or information will you add –or subtract?

Some Questions later on:

1. How does the map created help you 'see better and understand more'?

2. How are the materials or approach used appropriate or explorative?


PROJECT: Create a visual path of words that takes you "down to the river".

A path of words can function both as a metaphorical visual path to the river and a textual path to the river. Do remember and consider that the art building and the University sit on the bluffs of one of the major rivers of the world. This might serve as a place to begin to organize your efforts.

1. a way beaten or trodden by the feet of humans or animals

2. a narrow walk or way

3. a route, course or track along which something moves

4. a course of action, conduct or procedure.

1. Find or write one or more poems about the Mississippi or about the idea of path. Make several copies.

• Work directly on a 'lengthy' roll of paper. You decide the necessary length. Let this be appropriate to the idea.

From the start, clarify your intention.
1. Decide what additional information you wish to communicate.
2. How might you best do this?

Tabula Rasa

ARTS 3101/5100 'drawing as a means to consider space and place'
Project 1

MEMORY: A Tabula Rasa. a clean slate. a free field.

• Consider human time layered upon geological time...the cycles, rhythms, markers and frameworks for enabling this overlay.

• Consider the relationship of images and artifacts to particular sites.

• Consider that both images and artifacts are connected to their original social context.

A. Look up the definition of 'memory', 'tabula rasa', and 'artifact' in the dictionary.

B. Determine for yourself the extent of a TABULA RASA .
Choose a means to 'represent' its perimeter.
1. Think about WHY you defined the boundaries as you did?
2. What factors did you consider?
3. Why is the choice of material for defining the field appropriate?

C. In this defined "field", place or order
10 images
10 artifacts
10 places
which you have selected for their significance to you. (for example: Historical, biological, familial)

1. What are the criteria you used for selecting these images and artifacts?
2. Are their meanings sensed or actual?
3. How did you determine their place or arrangement? for example: is there a regular matrix, a stated or implied connectedness or differences?
4. What other possibilities did you consider?

D. What conclusions might you draw about the sum of the parts? Is the sum of the parts greater than the parts alone? How or how not?