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Crossing the Line 3:

Global Drawing: Intersections in Firenze

A contemporary Drawing Symposium (1 day) with Masterclass and open artists lab
( following day)

 November 6 -7,  2015

A one day symposium in tandem with the exhibition Contemporary Australian Drawing #5.

Companion to the exhibition:

"Contemporary Australian Drawing #5 : Facsimilies",  Curator Dr Irene Barberis;


 RMIT Gallery, RMIT University Melbourne, Wimbledon Gallery, University of the Arts London, Gallery Langford120, Melbourne, New York Studio School Gallery, New York City, SACI Institute Gallery, Firenze

Organisational Structure

Host Chair: Professor David Davidson (TBC)
International Chair: Dr Irene Barberis
Middle East Chair: Professor Julia Townsend
Chair of Publications: Dr Marcelo Guimarães Lima
Keynote Speaker – Dr Janet McKenzie; International Author, Artist and Historian

Main Partners

•Contemporary Australian Drawing travelling exhibition travelled by The Metasenta Foundation, Australia
•SACI Florence [Host organization]
•Global Centre for Drawing, Dr Irene Barberis, Australia, GCfD Crossing the Line Series of International Drawing Conferences ©]]
•CEPAOS Arts and Culture [Professor Marcelo Guimarães Lima, University of Sao Paulo]
•American University in Dubai [Professor Julia Townsend]
•Sponsors, and in-kind Sponsorship
SACI Institute, Florence,
Global Centre for Drawing,
The Metasenta Foundation, ,
The American University in Dubai,
CEPAOS, Brazil

Symposium themes:

Drawing as a transdisciplinary practice
Drawing as an intersection
Crossing the Line: hand and technology in a changing world
Drawing: a portrait and landscape-notations of our time.

“Crossing the Line: Drawing in Florence- intersections of transdisciplinary practice and understanding will bring together specialists from various fields of research and practices to examine the role of drawing in contemporary global intersections between Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Drawing as medium, as a tool, as notation, performance, and as a specific mode of thinking and imagining in the processes of invention, production, reproduction and communication within and across fields and disciplines: from art to science, from technology to ideology and cultural practices.

The trans-disciplinary approach of the conference will highlight the specificities, as well
as the commonalities of the various dimensions, fields, forms and uses of drawing, broadly defined as the production and extension of lines in space, as the creation of meaning by marking surfaces, as the creation and fixation of visible paths that record and communicate patterns of temporal-spatial experiences. In this sense, drawing is the activity and product that makes explicit the interrelationships of flow and form in mental life. It mediates the flux of internal processes and allows the objectification of mental constructs and operations into practical-material as well as perceptual-symbolic entities.

The central notion of Crossing the Line emphasizes the act and the idea of drawing as, on one hand, the setting of clear boundaries defining symbolic and material entities within a representational field and representational practices, while at the same time stressing the relational nature of all formalizing processes and constructs, of meaning making and communicative processes in general. In this sense, to draw is at the same time to establish a limit and to surpass it, it is to define the interrelated positive and negative components of any configuration. To draw is to create a boundary that is also an interface between domains, territories, modes of thinking and corresponding modes of being. To create a line is to produce a vector of thought and action, and in this sense, to mark a boundary is already to cross it, that is: drawing is a trans-formative process; it is the creation of new paths, new relationships, new configurations of knowledge.”

Dr. Marcelo Guimarães Lima, Dr. Irene Barberis

Crossing the Line#3 will create a  lively and contemporary dialogue around Drawing in Florence based on the themes set forth in the Crossing the Line Series of Drawing Conferences. The aim of the symposium conference is to create a pathway for global artists and researchers. 

Structure of the Crossing the Line#3 symposium

One day,
*Friday, November 6th, 8.30 am – 8.30 pm

•keynote address
•1 paper
•2 papers
•afternoon tea

•Plenary Session, – 3 speakers / 1. Chair
•CAD#6 exhibition opening /evening drinks and light refreshment.

•Saturday November 7th, 1pm – 5.00pm
•Master Drawing Workshop, Dr Irene Barberis with open Artists Lab.

There will also be an emerging and student exhibition, “Global Drawings” of  works collated by Dr Irene Barberis from Institutions in Australia, China/Hong Kong, Dubai – Middle East, UK and USA.

There is no Fee for the day at the Symposium, however there will be a donation box raised for the Global Centre for Drawing and subsequent Drawing Conferences/Symposia and Projects.

There will be potential for guided tours to be arranged from SACI Institute to Museums and Galleries

On line epublication 2015, and a Metasenta Small Book Publication 2016

Irene Barberis

Publications for sale
A table of a range of publications from SACI, Metasenta and any of the Drawing Centres and Universities involved in the CTL#3 Drawing Conference

*Crossing the Line# team:

Irene Barberis (Australia),
Marcelo Guimaraes Lima (Brazil),
Julia Townsend (UAE)

*Crossing the Line 2 : Drawing in in the Middle East, Review, Studio International October 2014

© Dr. Irene Barberis
Director: Global Centre for Drawing
Chair and Executive CEO: The Metasenta Foundation
CI. TOL Research Project, Design Research Institute, RMIT University Co Director: Gallery Langford120
Founding Director: Metasenta Publications

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