Author:Giulia Panfili (FCSH-UNL; CRIA)
Paper short abstract:
This paper presents drawing as crucial practice in the creative process of a PhD research on/through/for Indonesian wayang puppet theatre.
Paper long abstract:
Studying the Indonesian wayang puppet theatre recognised by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of humanity, the drawing practice opens to me the possibility to perform in between anthropology and art.
I draw and copied drawings of wayang characters made by practitioners for better understanding them.
I sketched situations, people, movements and performance, thoughts and ideas, as living experiences.
I use drawings and texts in form of comics for showing and communicating what I have encountered. Do we know what we don't know? The knowledge is there but is tacit. How far can I write it down in an organised way? Text and drawing in the form of comics are a way to know and reveal what is there.
Drawing can be a way to observe, to participate, to be present, to be here and now.
Drawing can be a way to inquiry, to know, to reveal.
Drawing can be a way to communicate, intuitively, synthetically and beyond language.
This presentation is structured in two parts: the first is to show the drawings and present the argument; the second is for live demonstration and practical workshop.
The Anthropology of Drawing