2013 Symposium – Interweavings

– at the MET & Teachers’ College, New York City

Here are videos and photos of a selection of presentations, panels and interviews about the symposium.


Download Word docx 2013 programme
View Online Programme 2013 Interweavings
2013 Drawing Research Network presentations – review by SImon Downs DRN
2013 Day 1 Proceedings, Drawing Research Network – download PDF
All our videos – presentations and interviews from symposia 2012 and 2013, and films of drawing, on VIMEO 

Why Drawing is vital to me Video interviews on Instagram

Day 2, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Obsessed by Line

Barbara Tversky presented research about how we perceive and make meaning of lines.

How drawings embody thought

Vinod Goel originally trained as an architect. However, unable to develop the skills to sketch, draw and visualize in three dimensions, and mesmerized by several books by Nicholas Negroponte, he stepped outside of the field to try and figure out the relationship between mind and design. He eventually ended up at Berkeley where he studied philosophy, computer science, and psychology and completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in cognitive science. Thereafter he completed a postdoc at the NIH in cognitive neuroscience. Since then has been a professor of cognitive neuroscience at York University in Toronto, and also held visiting posts at University College London, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Hull, University of Sussex, University of Queensland, le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), and the Max Planck Institute (Berlin). His main research interests are the cognitive and neural basis of real-world reasoning and problem-solving (particularly design).

Dr Nina Samuel asked Vinod Goel and the panel at the MET to further discuss if and how drawings “think”. Goel and Tversky discuss this in the panel after their own presentations (above)

How is drawing indispensable? Sloane Goldsmith Casati interview TtD 2013

Artist (and all round AMAZING woman) Morgan O’Hara tells us why and how she draws – Her work is partly based in Aikido.
She taught us: ‘If your wrist is flexible you have the best defence”.
She says “I am not interested in self expression. I want to train myself to be present in any situation”.” Movement is my subject.” “Walking no a razor edge – I have made close to 4 or 5 thousand drawings, and I am still standing.” She says that she is condensing 4 dimensions into 2.

Workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:

OtherWise – Being the line

Participants understood and drew the statues in the Roman Court, by mirroring them. They sculpted one another into the poses, and drew them variously from eye sight, and bodily feel.
Led by Gander and Brew
gander projects.com, brewdrawing.com

Interviews with presenters and participants:

The Case for Drawing – the Graham Price Interview
Pedro Cabral tells us what drawing means to him and why he draws
Judy Fan interview 2013