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Mapping the Common Gesture: Professor Sara Schneckloth on Collaborative Drawing

January 22, 2020

Professor Sara Schneckloth's article, "Mapping the Common Gesture," was published in TRACEY, the drawing and visualization research journal at Loughborough University in October 2019. The article discusses the process and outcome of a collaborative drawing completed at the TRACEY Conference Drawing || Phenomenology: tracing lived experience through drawing held at Loughborough University in September 2017.

What exactly is "the common gesture?" Schneckloth writes:

"The Common Gesture is a large-scale collaborative drawing process designed to cultivate play between randomness and structure, between visual, material, and conceptual layers, and, perhaps most vitally, between people, their gestures, graphic symbols, and embodied ideas. This process-driven workshop affords insight into how drawing may be considered as a form of phenomenology, one in which participants’ direct physical and dialogic experiences with one another are graphically traced within the auto-figurative space of the drawing. Meaning is derived through the drawing of the thing itself, as it evolves within its specific time, place, and circumstance of creation."1

Read Prof. Sara Schneckloth's full article and learn more about TRACEY ->

Sara Schneckloth coordinates the Drawing Program at the University of South Carolina.

[1] SCHNECKLOTH, Sara. Mapping the Common Gesture. TRACEY, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 1, p. 1-11, oct. 2019. ISSN 1742-3570.


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