Designing an artificial environment to create contemporary experimental drawings: An analytical and experimental study

  • Diaa Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedien
  • Drawing Research Theory Practice, January 2016, Intellect
  • DOI: 10.1386/drtp.1.1.79_1

What is it about?

This article describes a non-traditional attempt to build a miniature artificial environment that seeks and creates experimental drawings. With microscopic techniques, ink gel was injected into tiny blocks of solid ice in a custom-made chamber. This process allowed us to create some artistic sketches on the inner surface of ice blocks. With our innovative technique we were able to control the ink distribution rate inside the ice blocks, and then we have already recorded ink paths as artistic sketches with microscopic recording processes.

Why is it important?

The experiment aimed to answer three questions: can we reinterpret the contemporary art of drawing through some contemporary concepts that deal with the art of drawing as an interactive process? How can we examine the effects of the technological aspects and scientific procedures on the interactive processes in contemporary experimental drawings? To what extent can this experiment contribute to redefine a key standard in twentyfirst-first century aesthetics?


Dr Diaa Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedien
University of Bern

This case study hopes to enhance our understanding of the conceptual content of some contemporary experimental drawings, not only technically, but also by linking our results to leading artworks that have already had considerable impact on a wide range of artistic trends

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