Drawing Conversations between the workshop authors


You can read our workshop abstract ︎  here  ︎

This in-person workshop in Venice invites designers, artists, technologists and scientists to collectively speculate about artefacts and technologies through the practice of drawing. We will focus on the use of drawing as a method for collaboratively generating connections between different artefacts and between perspectives from participants coming from various disciplines. Through drawing, we will engage in conversation with concepts and with each other and potentially create new forms, functionalities and interpretations. Our one-day workshop will encourage a shared engagement with ambiguous spaces in order to stimulate creativity and collaborative design.

Venice, the city hosting this conference, has been historically drawn and painted by both amateur and professional drafts people and artists seeking to capture its character, architectural beauty and craftsmanship. Our workshop seeks in part to join in this rich cultural tradition through hands-on drawing activities that combine speculation and creativity.

We believe that drawing together on the “City of Water” can be an inspiring experience for exploring forms of creative inquiry. Getting together to draw, after the long period of isolation caused by the global pandemic, will enable us to connect with each other in the research community and with Venice, the location of our conference. We invite anyone interested in playing with ambiguity and experimentation –  regardless of their drawing skills – to join us in this speculative work.

The workshop will take place on 20 June 2022.
Accepted participants will need to register to our workshop via the C&C conference website.

Workshop Goals
The focus of the workshop is to prompt collective free associations and speculation of ideas with a group of researchers and practitioners coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We aim for the workshop to be open, playful and fun, to comfortably play and create new, strange and even silly forms and functionalities in artefacts and technologies. The activities will help us learn about each other’s research interests and develop fresh reinterpretations of what might have become familiar. 

Through discussions of themes emerged through our speculative drawings we aim to produce a collection of annotated ideas and identify potential opportunities we may want to further pursue.
We will document our activities and publish material through this website, social media and conference/journal publication.