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drawing a straight line - link to movie

‘drawing a straight line’ was the first project to take place during my residency in Skagaströnd, north western Iceland. This performative-drawing event took place in the schoolyard during recess, with weather conditions undermining the very plan to draw a straight line over the length of hundreds of sheets of paper hanging on clothes lines that spanned the schoolyard. I understand this project to be ‘social cartography’ in process. In its minimalist approach, what was taking place in the schoolyard could be easily grasped by the children present: fighting the impact of the wind, I was trying to draw a straight line using black ink and a brush. However, only if the children who decided to participate in the project held the paper sheets in place, with their hands behind single sheets providing me with ‘a drawing board’, was I able to draw a somewhat straight line. If they decided to participate differently, for example by moving the papers even more, the line depicts the movement created. When looking at the sum of the paper sheets lined up, the line that has been drawn can be read as map of social interaction.