Markings Festival, 8-9 July 2016

This weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of helping to curate and produce the Markings Festival of Illustration and Performance at University of the Arts London and House of Illustration. One of the major components of the festival was the Markings symposium held on Friday 8th July. There was a wonderful, varied programme that included lectures focusing on theoretical and historical intersections of illustration and performance, artist’s talks, performed essays, and communal drawing. The whole thing was enlivened by the presence of three outstanding cartoonists who took on the difficult task of live-drawing all of the presentations. All of these drawings, and a large-scale collaborative charcoal drawing produced as a performance on Friday evening by artists’ collective Drawn Together, were displayed in the Lethaby Gallery on Saturday as a record of Friday’s discussions.

Have a look at this cornucopia of visual thinking below (click for larger images):

Keynote Lecture: Pascal Lefevre, Evolving drawings and their changing interpretation, drawn by Aurora Melchor

(also includes a portrait of symposium convenor, Professor Roger Sabin, introducing the day’s content.)

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Tullio Viola, Peirce on Experimenting with Iconsdrawn by Aurora Melchor

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Viviane Schwarz and Ellan Parry: The Theatre of Illustrationdrawn by Woodrow Phoenix

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Ian Horton, Let’s Start a Magazine (a Hard Werken Production), drawn by Woodrow Phoenix

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Filipa Malva, Of Lines, Zoom and Focus: mediating drawing in performance, drawn by Gareth Brookes

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Luise Vormittag, Making (the) subject matter: Illustration as interactive, collaborative practicedrawn by Gareth Brookes

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Stephanie Black, Plume of Feathers: Performativity and Performancedrawn by Gareth Brookes

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Maria Hayes, The Seventh Eggdrawn by Gareth Brookes

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Camilla Brueton, Framing the Citydrawn by Aurora Melchor

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Drawn TogetherNotes on a Table (markings) 2016

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