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Ut pictura poesis: Drawing into space

Griffin, David (2013) Ut pictura poesis: Drawing into space. Leonardo, 46 (4). pp. 353-359.


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In 1735, Leonard Euler presented a solution to the practical problem of whether a route could be plotted
to cross each of seven bridges in Königsberg once. His negative solution used the simplest of markmaking
strategies to resolve a conceptual problem. Euler did not actually cross the town’s bridges, but
used them to resolve questions of connectivity, after which diagrammatic representations can be seen
as the restructuring of logical problems to allow for inductive reasoning, for fruitful application beyond
theory. But what if such a working graphic has as its target something that is simply incomprehensible?
What are the upper limits of the denotational logic of such diagrams? This paper presents a drawing research
project that tests the cognitive advantages of technical graphics by directly engaging with
things that cannot be made easier to understand through their use.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Art
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 19:31
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 19:46
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1037

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