“Lines and memory” -Harriet Edwards

Cave paintings are a lost art. Now with our extremely developed lifestyle, they are no longer needed.  However, that doesn’t mean they can’t still be found.  Within this lecture we looked at examples from Chauvet in Franceand El Castillo in Spain, as well as some more abstract cave paintings from South Africa. We discussed the possible meanings. I was particualry interested at how the paintings of France and Spain were very clear and contrice, where as the paintings of South africa, were free to be interpreted as whatever your imagination allowed.  Studying a degree of ‘Communications’, I am particularly fascinated at the realisation that to make anything function in any century, you need to communicate, this was simply their way. Despite the examples being distinctly different in appearance, there were all the same in concept. They were created to portray memory.

The main concept discussed in this lecture was Tim Ingold’s ‘Lines: A Brief History’, 2007. within this, Ingold explores an imagined world where everything is made of interconnected lines, basically meaning everything is connected somehow. I related to this and it made me see things slightly differently. It is a basic human instinct to make marks and guard our territory. I now understand that most ways of doing this, and most things we do can be placed into the category or mark making and creating lines. Ingold described gesturing, walking, weaving, observing, singing, story-telling, drawing, writing all as forms of line making. If this is true, how many marks do we make a day? and do they impact on anyone else’s day. There was a great line from one of my first lectures that I think sums this lecture up in a very contemporary way, it was found scrawled across a bathroom door in our university and the resource is still unknown. This is what I will leave you with.

“They wipe the walls to clean our pen, but creative students will strike again.”


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