11-12 NOVEMBER 2016
Drawing Futures is a new international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture, founded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Chaired by Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Laura Allen, and Luke Pearson, the inaugural Drawing Futures Conference will be held on the 11-12 November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
Despite numerous developments in technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for art and architecture, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. There is a rich and long history of drawing that is tied to innovations in technology as well as revolutions in our philosophical understanding of the world. In reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation.
Drawing Futures will focus on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the conference will discuss how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.
Far from killing it, technology promises new avenues for the drawn as a speculative method and its futures are ours to shape.
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Our call for works has closed with over 400 submissions from 50 different countries and over 120 institutions. Many thanks to all who submitted.
The full conference lineup and projects selected for our Drawing Futures book published by UCL Press and Riverside Architectural Press will be confirmed in July.
Announcing our Drawing Futures 2016 keynote speakers.
Pablo Bronstein uses architectural design and drawing to engage with the grandiose and imperial past of the built environment. His work can currently be seen at the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain in London, where he has produced this year’s Tate Britain Commission.
Hsinming Fung, FAIA has been Principal and Co-Founder of Hodgetts + Fung since 1984, a studio with expertise in the design of unique places for learning, cultural events, and civic functions. She has also been a long standing educator at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is currently Chief of Strategic Advancement and International/Special Programs.
Professor Neil Spiller, Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture and Landscape and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, is internationally renowned for his drawn architectural design work. His new book Surrealism and Architecture: A Blistering Romance will be published in October 2016 by Thames and Hudson.
Madelon Vriesendorp is best known as one of the co-founders of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in the early 1970s together with Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and Zoe Zenghelis. She has produced illustrations for Built, Domus and Abitare, while working on costumes, built objects, paintings and short stories.
Drawing Futures 2016 will be held on the 11th-12th November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture , UCL in London.
The two-day conference will bring together some of the world's leading practitioners in drawing for conversations about the contemporary cutting-edge and future directions of drawing as a critical tool for art and architecture.
Closing May 16th 2016 our public Call for Works is a request for your drawn experiments, representational speculations or written provocations on the act of drawing in our digitally mediated world.
We will hold a Drawing Futures exhibition at our new 22 Gordon Street building showcasing selected submissions as one of the key public shows in a year-long programme of events in our 175 anniversary celebrations.
We will also publish a Drawing Futures book, featuring work of selected contributors from our public call as a critical compendium of contemporary drawing practice in art and architecture.
During the week of the event we will also hold free public events and student workshops across the Bartlett School of Architecture investigating drawing and reaffirming its critical role as a space for speculation in art and architecture.
Reviewed by our international panel of experts, projects presented at Drawing Futures will be selected through our call for work. Selected submissions will also be included in a Drawing Futures book released at the conference and an exhibition of work held at our new 22 Gordon Street gallery space.
We invite you to submit your drawn experiments, representational speculations and written provocations on the art of drawing in our digitally mediated world. For Drawing Futures 2016 we seek work that addresses four themes:
Augmentations - Extending drawing through new technologies and materials.
Deviated Histories - Redefining or breaking from the history of drawing.
Future Fantasticals - Drawing as a tool for speculative thought.
Protocols - Encoding new information and data through drawings.
Please provide a 500 word abstract for both written and design submissions. Selection will be via blind peer review. Submissions must be in English. Submissions will be reviewed by our international panel of experts and those selected will be published in the Drawing Futures book. A smaller of selection of projects will be presented at the conference in November.
We are seeking image-led submissions of design projects that utilise drawing as a critical methodology in their production. Those submitting design projects may upload a maximum of five high-resolution images to support their submission. These projects will be peer-reviewed and the 500 word abstract should clearly outline the significance of drawing practice to the research. Attached drawings by the submitter should be anonymised.
We are also seeking written papers of 1500-4500 words in length. This may be accompanied by supporting images. For the initial call you may submit an abstract only, or both an abstract accompanied by the full paper. Those whose abstracts are selected by our review panel will also be required to submit a full paper for peer review. Papers should be submitted as a Word document using the Chicago Manual of Style and be appropriately anonymised for blind peer review. Please list all image credits at the end of the document. Any image references and copyrights must be cleared by the author prior to submission.
Submissions selected to present at the Drawing Futures conference will be allocated a slot on either the 10th or 11th November 2016. These presented submissions will also be included in the Drawing Futures book, alongside further selected submissions from the call.
In addition, selected submissions will be invited to exhibit in the Drawing Futures exhibition which will be held at the Bartlett School of Architecture’s new 22 Gordon Street building in November.
For any submissions enquiries feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By submitting to Drawing Futures you agree to our Terms & Conditions, which you can download here
February 2016 – Call for Works Opens
16 May – Call closes
20 June – Notification of successful abstract/project submissions
11 July 2016 – Submission of final projects and texts
11-12 November 2016 – Drawing Futures Conference
November 2016 – Release of Drawing Futures book
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We will be releasing further information about Drawing Futures and the Call for Work leading up to the conference, along with ticketing information and details of the Drawing Futures book. Please subscribe to receive updates.
All tickets for the 2-day event include conference registration, lunch and refreshments, opening and closing drinks receptions. Full Price tickets also include a copy of the Drawing Futures book published by UCL Press.
Full Price (Earlybird, until Sept 1 2016) - £185
Full Price - £250
Students - £50 (Proof of student status will be required at registration)
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