DIAGRAM

Diagram

What is a diagram? How do maps, charts, plans, DNA sequencing, weather mapping, computer glitches and Internet cartography blur the boundaries between ‘art’ and ‘information’? This issue of Drain presents artworks, thought experiments, essays and reviews that explore how data has been weaved into artworks and in the other direction, artworks into data. How are surveillance, spying, data collection explored by artists? Does Google Earth problematize artists’ relationships with space and mapping? Is there...

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Orders of Magnitude

Orders of Magnitude

Adrian Göllner All images by and courtesy the artist. In the spring of 2015, I set myself the goal of casting an explosion in bronze. This would not be a representational endeavour, but the casting of an actual rapidly expanding moment of energy. As improbable as the pursuit might seem, my art practice had evolved to be about the transcription of sound, time and motion into visible forms. And just previous to embarking on...

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Drawing Directions In an Age of the Ready-made Map

Drawing Directions In an Age of the Ready-made Map

Rebecca Noone In the early 1960s, artist Stanley Brouwn stood on a street corner in Amsterdam and asked people for directions. ‘Could you draw that out for me?’ Now, in the age of Google Maps and the always-locating app, I tried a similar exercise. I wandered around Toronto, CA, St. Louis, USA and Brighton, UK, and asked for directions to different places. ‘Could you draw that out for me?’ These disappearing events – flashes...

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Untitled

Untitled

Hannah Karsen All images by and courtesy the artist, Untitled, 2016, Archival Inkjet Print. Although I understand the hierarchy is a series of work that explores the borrowed language of painting within found makeup marks. While a signifier for the materiality of these products, these marks open a larger dialogue through their own physicality and volume. Using these makeup marks as marks for a painting, a consideration of gesture outlines a discourse that centers...

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Use(ful/less) Schematics

Use(ful/less) Schematics

Maxwell Hyett All images by and courtesy the artist. Boredom Studies, open, 2016, Acetate. ‘ signifier that has lost its signified has thereby been transformed into an image.’ - Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism and Consumer Society INTRODUCTION Agreement, objectivity, perfect communication: in contemporary society, it seems that these are things of the past, no longer functional - if believable at all. Is it just me or is it exceedingly difficult to believe what is written...

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