Crossing the Line 3: Global Drawing
(including Contemporary Australian Drawing #5 and
A Global Audit: Drawing Everywhere)
Florence was the venue for the third of the Crossing the Line conferences, which explore the role of the artist in society. It also included two exhibitions, one of contemporary Australian drawing and another of drawings gathered from around the world
Studio Arts Centers International, Florence, Italy
6-7 November 2015
by JANET McKENZIE
As part of a programme exploring drawing’s pivotal role in the definition of self and in societies in flux,1 Crossing the Line 3: Global Drawing, held last month in Florence, followedCrossing the Line 2: Drawing in the Middle East, which took place in Dubai in September 2014. Both conferences were organised by Irene Barberis, director and founder of the Global Centre for Drawing in Melbourne.
In our global culture, communications have advanced at an extraordinary rate over the past century, and particularly electronic communications in the past decade. The Crossing the Line conferences have offered an opportunity to explore and interpret the role of contemporary artists in a complex society where accepted values continue to be challenged. Drawing has always existed in all cultures as a fundamental form of expression, and mark-making is pivotal to human existence, as the inspiring paper Drawing and Human Development, delivered in Florence by eminent neuroscientist and anthropologist Elvira Souza Lima, revealed.
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