Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought by Nikolaus Gansterer

By Nikolaus Gansterer

Drawing a speculation is a thrilling reader at the ontology of sorts of visualizations and at the improvement of the diagrammatic view and its use in modern artwork, technological know-how and thought. In an extreme means of trade with artists and scientists, Nikolaus Gansterer unearths drawing as a media of study permitting the emergence of latest narratives and ideas via tracing the speculative capability of diagrams. in accordance with a discursive research of came upon figures with the artists' personal diagrammatic maps and versions, the invited authors create precise correlations among considering and drawing. as a result of its skill to mediate among notion and mirrored image, drawing proves to be essentially the most easy tools of clinical and creative perform, and performs a vital function within the construction and verbal exchange of information. The ebook is a wealthy compendium of figures of suggestion, which strikes from medical illustration via creative interpretation and vice versa.

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These are placed at particular points of the lines; on the drawings below they lead to a coherent pattern which forms a virtual hexagon and which at first suggests that in each of these very different shapes the points touch lines arranged in the same way on each sheet. From this, combined points generate the description. The next sheet (---+Fig. 09-07) would certainly be the one on which the greatest number of shared structural characteristics can be detected: here there are honeycomb or cell-like hexagons; there are clusters of points which expand in dimension, arranged one underneath the next.

11 -: r~ ~ .... , ;.. ,.. l' 1... t ~ ~ ~ $1 " " \ ·1~ Fig. POI-OI 56 Hypothesis #2 (---+ Fig. PO 1-0 1 -05) Fig. 05-09 have a not exactly anthropomorphic but certainly creature-like form as the centrepoint: surrounded by vector systems, connecting lines, progressions and permutations, as well as by the diagrammatic image of optical calculations, we encounter the heraldic animal of the Enlightenment: a composite creature indeed, how could it be otherwise? It is the popular ambiguous figure of a hare's and/or duck's head, and 1 no longer know where 1 saw it first: in a schoolbook?

Fndgame: Facing the J)iagram, in: Fva Hesse f)rawing, ed. Catherine de Zegher, New York, New Haven: The Drawing Center, Yale University Press, 2006, pp. 117-150, here: p. 122. SusaJme Leeb - A Line with Variable Direction, which Traces No Contour, and Delimits No Form 39 Fig. 07-00 40 Hypothesis #1 Fig. e. not confined to the chance appearance ofthings; instead they were to comprehend this appearance in its constructive-functional principles, a penetrating view reserved for male pupils only. For the question of modern subjectivity this demand was decisive, the demand that technical drawing be trained until it became an unconscious process, "d'une manif:re inconsciente, machinale",24 - a highly consequential connection of machine and unconscious, reaching from surreal automatism by way of the "machine in the studio"25 to the abstract machines of Deleuze and Guattari.

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