Cambridge Digital Cultures Research Group

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Fortuna: Drawing, Materiality and Contingency in a Digital Age

This lecture explores the encounter between drawing and modern forms of image production in the work of three artists: Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge and Susan Morris. Each artist combines drawing’s archaic qualities with modern technological forms: in the late 1950s Rauschenberg’s solvent transfer technique aligned drawing with photography and collage; Kentridge’s ‘Drawings for Projection’, begun in 1989, marry charcoal drawing and film; and in 2012 Morris made a series of large-scale automatic drawings using the digital data gathered in a motion capture studio. These hybrid forms of graphic production incorporate technology to both exploratory and critical effect. This talk will focus upon questions of materiality and contingency to elaborate the ways in which these artists have kept pace with technological developments while resisting the aim of control, an goal towards which such instruments have consistently been aimed in the social field more broadly.
Period16 Feb 2017
Event typeSeminar
LocationCambridge, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Rauschenberg
  • William Kentridge
  • Susan Morris
  • Drawing
  • Contingency
  • Contemporary Art
  • Ed Krcma
  • Dante
  • Fortuna