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University of the Arts London

Event review of 'Markings: Festival of Illustration and Performance' at Central St Martins, 8th - 9th July 2016

Abstract

An emphasis on the embodied and performative aspects of drawing has become a common feature of the way this foundational artistic activity is understood. Yet in both pedagogy and practice this emphasis is often accompanied by a relative inattention to drawing’s depictive and narrative affordances. In July 2016, the UAL / House of Illustration collaboration Markings: Festival of Illustration and Performance sought to highlight the role of depictive and narrative artforms both as and for performance. This paper takes a case study approach, identifying the themes around which the Markings symposium coalesced, arguing for the importance of depictive seeing in generating and communicating knowledge.

Keywords

illustration, performance, embodiment, depiction, logic, event review

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Author Biography

John Miers

John Miers is a cartoonist and researcher currently working on a practice-based PhD at Central Saint Martins exploring the use of visual metaphor in comics and graphic novels. At CSM he is a tutor and lecturer for the Culture, Criticism and Curation programme and for their Academic Support provision; he also works as a critical and historical studies lecturer for BA Illustration/Animation at Kingston University.


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