Sketchbook: Drawing the City
We are looking for sketches, drawings, and other hand illustrations of street-scenes and urban encounters.
The fluid production and distribution of the image, enabled by the omnipresence of phone cameras, has transformed the lived condition of the street. The city and its subjects respond to this new level of self-surveillance with a consciousness of representation, where-in both image-maker and image-subject, achieve their highest-level of objective validation from the subjectivity of photography.
The testament of digital photography, however, has also naturalized a transparency of vision, one in which, the photographer and her subject share a compact on the limits of representation, agreeing on a particular digital surface, and masking those places where light will not reflect.
Streetnotes 27: Sketchbook seeks to pierce this opaque quality of urban representation, to bypass the camera’s mechanical eye, and take up, instead, the pen. We call upon artists, ethnographers, and poets to draft the city by way of drawing, in maps, in street scenes, in urban encounters, and impressions, to find and illustrate the city in a way that complements, problematizes, critiques and reimages the everyday life of urban traffic and behaviors.
The coordination and time necessary to draw what one sees, builds upon a communication between one’s physicality and vision. We are looking for inventive work that expresses this dialogue between image and form.
Contributors may submit up to five drawings of cities or streets scenes saved as JPEG images: 700x800 150dpi.
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Questions and inquiries can be directed to Streetnotes Editor: David Michalski, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions must be made through our online submission system: https://escholarship.org/uc/ucdavislibrary_streetnotes