Date: October 1 2020
Location: Blue 5.01 Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia
Puppets are a marvellous invention for a range of activities. This talk will cover recent developments in a wider research project that has introduced puppets into the drawing studio. Puppets are odd operators, and this is an eccentric approach to drawing research — eccentricity is appropriate given that orthodoxies of skilfulness, dexterity and good drawing are the subjects of investigation. Unlike other contemporary practices that utilise puppetry as a motif or narrative device, this project invites draughtspuppets to make drawings. In drawing, and in puppet manipulation, dexterity brings scrutiny to the hands as the primary site of action and queries the relationship between ‘good hands’ and ‘good drawing’. The presentation will begin by connecting traditions of dexterity, manipulation, drawing and puppetry before delving into the essence of puppets — their animism and (semi-)autonomy — and the tacit implications of sensitive hands. Recent drawings and process documentation will underpin this work.
BIO:- Dr Bill Platz is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher with a disciplinary focus on drawing and research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing. He is currently Deputy Head of School, Director of Research and Convenor of Drawing at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Dr Platz completed his BFA and MA degrees in New York and his PhD in Australia. His recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets.