Diagramming Politics

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Diagramming Politics. Please Specify! International Conference on Artistic Research.


A live drawing lecture, mapping out a political landscape that has witnessed the rise of authoritarian populism in an era of neoliberal crisis. Following Brexit and the US election, I will draw on a range of political theories to broach questions of identity and representation with respect to individuals, communities, countries, networks and markets. I will make a large chalk drawing, detailing in speech what I am doing as I go. The completed drawing will be the focus for audience discussion. The methodological approach is a combination of the diagrammatic and the allegorical, premised on the notion that one ‘thinks through drawing.’ It is a proposition to engage with visual representation as a means for artists and researchers to analyze, compare, question and propose models of the political.

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