DRUGG, UCL, 2012
DRUGG, UCL, 2012

DRUGG, UCL, 2012

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Diagram Research Use & Generation Group two day event.

July 14th and 15th July, 10-5pm.
Pearson Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower St., London, WC1E 6BT

DRUGG facilitators and coordinators: David Burrows, Ami Clarke, Andy Conio, John Cussans, Dean Kenning, David Osbaldeston
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Diagrams are found in a variety of fields and disciplines and are
produced to serve different functions. However, diagrammatic practices
share a number of generic characteristics that include indexing, the
generation of worlds, the representation of forces and relations and
the storage and organisation of data. What counts as a diagram?
Diagrams are not just graphic images and words on paper, they are also
machines traversed by, and activated by discourse. In this sense,
diagrams involve or generate narration, interpretation and performance
and are not limited to two dimensions. They are experiments in
thinking and engender new discourses in art and between disciplines,
such as art and science, psychology, cosmology and mathematics.

The two-day diagram research event will hope to address these concerns through a variety of presentations, including papers, demonstrations, workshops, drawing, film and performance.


Saturday July 14

Dean Kenning - Diagram and Allegory: How Drawing Thinks
'Utilising my ongoing work Metallurgy of the Subject, and referring to
new work Value: A Visualisation, I will investigate the way the
diagrammatic and the allegorical work in conjunction, each arising
from the spaces and gaps created by the other in a single work,
simultaneously clarifying and complicating in a dialectic of
recognition and non-recognition: condensing and proliferating,
representing and producing connections, positions and meanings.'

Andy Weir - Compressed Intercessor: A silent presentation using video
and PowerPoint diagrams.
'The presentation takes as its point of departure the educational
science documentary movement of 'zooming' between scales and
recognised images (from skin to cell to DNA etc..). It uses
diagrammatical operations to pick up the 'interzoom' between
recognised images and expand them into pulsing digital matter. The
whole presentation is conceived diagrammatically as 1. A dirty germ of
rhythm; 2. Materialisation of paradox; 3. Registration of horizons of

Andy Conio - Diagrams without images.
'Diagrams are invisible armatures that the figure palpable and haptic
yet indiscernible modulations that exist between forces (forces that
may be material, virtual, ideational or social). The Diagram can also
serve as a concept for understanding the status, meaning, and function
of artistic activity. I will examine whether the ‘diagram without
image’ can be used to explore how political (strategic
interventionist) artworks can be conceived outside of the conventions
of art history and theory.

Ami Clarke - Error-correction.
'An introduction to future diagrams.'

David Burrows - Mathemes and Pathemes
The presentation will address the relationship of diagrams, discourse
and knowledge. Starting with Lacan's matheme for the discourse of the
University and John Mallarkey's observation that practices that
privilege either mathemes (structures) or pathemes (intensities) are
blind, the presentation will explore the idea that behind every
matheme there is a patheme but that mathemes mark arrangements of
pathemes. The presentation will explore specific examples from art and
politics that display the productions and movements of mathemes and
pathemes and speculate on the potential for hysterical or abstract
diagrams to arrest mastery.

Stuart Tait
'Starting from the use of visual diagrams to study collaborative group
structures, this presentation will move to considering diagrams as
conditioning principles that provide groups with a basis for
improvisation. The presentation will include a discussion of two
groups - AAS and Reactor - and their use of diagrams and
mutation/appropriation of diagrams such as Bergson's cone to discuss
virtual aspects projects.'

John Cussans Diagram-as-Thinking Machine/Art-as-Metapractice
'This presentation will use a demonstration of Alfred Korzybski's
4-dimensional diagram of the 'Structural Differential' to explore the
idea of art-as-metapractice.'

David Osbaldeston - If an artist's purpose is to lie, then why the
hell am I drawing a diagram to explain it?.
'A talk that explores how forces of obfuscation, miscommunication, and
displacement of language may apply to reconsider our perceived
relations with the world, past, present, or future, as anything but
axiomatic. Subject to change.'

Sunday July 15

Robert Garnett - 'Diagrammatic Conceptual Art'
The talk will address the different 'diagrammatic' approaches that
artists identified with conceptual art have adopted, in particular
Lawrence Weiner, and discus the relation of intelligence and artworks.

Giorgio Sadotti
Giorgio will present an audio work that uses rockabilly and rock and
roll - including music by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry - to produce an
audio diagram.

Fatos Ustek - The Tricothomy of Now
'A sheer speculation: Illustration of forward and backward causation
on juxtaposed coordinates of two now-planes.'
Matt Rodda Diagramming the Phantasm
'This talk explores the importance of diagrams in visualising the
theory of the phantasm. In particular, the presentation utilises a
diagramming of phantasmatic models (notably following Giorgio Agamben)
to make the not easily observable empirical phenomena of the phantasm

Kit Poulson
'The talk will address 16th century emblematic thought machines with
specific reference to two pieces: 1. the portrait of Sir Henry Unton
(NPG) which presents the viewer with an apparatus for understanding
the interrelations of several forms of time/consciousness; 2. the de
gli eroica furori by Giordano Bruno which offers a system of
shattering the readers existing perceptions.'

Hilary Koob-Sassen - A Syntax Octopus at the Axes of Pattern and Phrase
'A presentation of a diagram that is a work in progress and an
ambitious re-attribution of x,y,z, axes. A Syntax Octopus at the Axes
of Pattern and Phraseinvolves 20 minutes of singing and dancing and
powerpoint slides.'

SE Barnet - Hoping Clarity Isn't Intended As There Is Increasing Chaos.
I am currently doing a reading residency at Banner Repeater for the
duration of the Diagrammatic exhibition. For 6 weeks I will be reading
the archive here - in particular The Müleskinders. I am working on a
response to these writings within the diagrammatic context.