Spacing by Trace: Four Events of an Out of Place Experience

In: Intervening Spaces
Author: Anthi Kosma

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This chapter attempts to compose a collage between memories of events from a personal experience of the author and the references that other authors contribute to describe drawing as action, a ‘gesture’ through which the body externalises itself. Drawing is described as an action of coming-into-presence, which means presence before signification. It is also defined as a non-representative art where the form is not the traced figures but the body as a form by itself, the body as generator of space. Four short narratives are used in a phenomenological approximation to describe body from an inside point of view where spacing by trace is experienced. The act of making traces appears out of intimacy and exteriorises – through a dynamic and diagrammatic kind of writing – aspects of the abyss of oneself in a process where ‘every time is a singular time.’ Drawings are ruins, testimonies of these moments, moulds of the gestures that traced them. The experience of drawing is also ‘an interior matter,’ an experience that disappears when the action stops and a performing art begins, which is always accompanied by images in ‘a phantasmatic dance.’ If contemporary drawing is defined by Alain Badiou as a ‘description without a place,’ this chapter looks forward by describing events where space is presented in its formation as an out of place description. ‘Out of place’ because drawing is not perceived or not concerned as a given, available or formed form. On the contrary, it is the gift, invention, uprising or the birth of form.