Atlas & Vocabulary of Drawing

Atlas & Vocabulary of Drawing is a research project in Drawing. It is a joint creation of the Drawing researchers from the School of Arquitecture and the School of Fine Arts from University of Oporto and the School of Arquitecture of University of Minho.

The project proposes a multidisciplinary research that embraces the theory, philology, hermeneutics, science, technology, history and anthropology of art, for the study of the practices and productions in contemporary Drawing. It is a project open to all researchers and artists, portuguese and foreign, engaged in the study and the research in Drawing.

The central question of the project is divided and is related as follows:

a) why are the names (terminologies) of drawing relevant to consider the multiplicity, the diversity of practices and the different uses and ways of drawing?

b) why are the drawings and it’s images relevant to explain the persistence and/or alteration of it’s different designations?

The answers to these questions correspond, necessarily, to a requirement of assembly, between the study of hyper-textual ordering and the compositional forms of the hyper-visual, which through this site will see justified the relevance and significance of it’s diffusion.

The Atlas & Vocabulary of Drawing seeks to develop a device of knowledge about the names and images (artifacts) of drawing. The object of study elects a relationship between the names (terminologies) and the images of drawing and, especially, the construction of a shared knowledge in Drawing, seeking the diffusion of processes, methods and results that have as origin the research and the surveys carried out under the artistic studies and the scientific research, having as destination the teaching experience, the academic and art communities, museology, heritage research and society in general.

With this project one intends to record the extensive and intensive declination of a name (terminology) which practice, whether projectual or artistic, reviews itself historically and technically, in the survival and the present of its most various functions and field trials. The aim of this project lies in the different epistemological approaches that elect the dual pratical nature of the Atlas and the Vocabulary as a tool not reducible to mere exemplification of cases or simple alphabetical order, but as an open network to multidisciplinarity and to the multiple inter-textual connections of language and multiple connections of inter-visual images.

The final results, will enable to cover the areas of language development and the promotion of research in drawing, as well as attract attention, in the international portuguese speaking countries, for Portuguese scientific and artistic heritage.

The work strategy and the proposed methodology consider the simultaneous fitting of new knowledge and new images. The results of the research will be coordinated in their different stages through the writing and editing committee, in order for the integration and dissemination of the respective contents. Series of research events will be created (projects, activities) taking into account the planning of different tasks and achieving the respective results.

The steps, the tools and the ways to achieve this goal are,

1. For the Atlas:

a) what is thought to know: the nature and field of study; b) a survey on existing public collections; c) a survey on the private collections interested in the project; d) a survey of the works, authors and drawing projects; e) what is expected to know: registration and cataloging of drawings; f) particular drawing studies, proposals for allocation, dating, technical definition, dimension; g) observation, comparison and creation of relations between images; h) data collection, collation and mapping of images of drawing; i) analysis of what was observed; j) editing and publication of results; k) reformulation of knowledge about the drawings; l) articulation with the Vocabulary;

2. For the Vocabulary:

a) what is thought to know: a survey on the terminologies of drawing; b) the characterization of the processes of relevance and priority; c) the foreordination of the series of designations; d) analysis and critical interpretation of the literature on the names (terminologies); e) what is expected to know: new words and frames of meaning and sense; f) a detailed description of the origin and evolution of the words; g) the integration of specific research literature; h) data collection; i) editing and publishing; j) reformulation : importance of the knowledge acquired; k) articulation with the Atlas.