POINT LINE TIME is a drawing research project led by artist and writer Tamarin Norwood through a 12-month residency at Spike Island, Bristol


About the Project

The residency project aims to examine the spatial and temporal attributes of the drawing process — the space and the time around the page — in terms of their relationship to the object of drawing, the subject or body doing the drawing, and the body of marks left on the page. This research will develop through studio-based experiments that engage with the expanded field of drawing, moving beyond the pencil and the page towards towards three-dimensional and four-dimensional reinterpretations of the point of contact between drawing instrument and support.

Implicit in this studio-based approach to research is a belief that genuinely new insight can be reached by means of a "blind" and "groping" (Derrida 1990) movement through a breadth of focused activity, each point of experimentation leading to the next without a given end in sight. This attitude of (knowing?) "not-knowingness" (Fisher and Fortnum 2013) has much in common with the particular myopic or groping 'eye' of the pencil lead, which is continually in movement at the point of drawing and is too close to the page to 'see' the configuration of marks it leaves on the surface.

Writing and linguistic representation form a substantial component of the project: the diverse ways in which writing creates, describes and represents exist in counterpoint to the diverse ways in which drawing creates, describes and represents. Likewise as the pencil gropes along the surface of the page in drawing so too, quite differently, does the pen grope along the surface of the page in writing. These near-parallels will inform the structure of the residency, as material experiments seek near-equivalence in textual experiments, and as the project as a whole informs the writing of an extended text exploring the surface of the page in drawing and writing.

Finally, studio research will take place in dialogue with an interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners spanning the fields of sign language, choreography, poetry, geography, additivism, acoustics and composition, each field bringing a new inflection to the space and time around the page. Details of contributors, and how aspects of our conversations and collaborations will be made public, are here.








POINT LINE TIME takes its name from the Euclidian point-line-plane postulate, which comprises a set of assumptions about spatial relationships in geometry. These ideas were explored and expansively interpreted in relation to drawing by Wassily Kandinsky in Point and Line to Plane (1926). POINT LINE TIME imagines how these interpretations might have turned out differently in an age of digital video editing, 3D printing and 3D print animation, at a time when the field of drawing is rapidly expanding across disciplines and beyond the point, the line and the plane.

Image above: what the point is : the end of the line (2015) solo exhibition by Tamarin Norwood at SE8 Gallery, London. Copyright Peter Kidd