What’s Next for Visual Thinkers Toronto?

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November 24, 2015 Drawing Systems

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No matter where we look, our world seems to be a big, tangled, interconnected mess. With everything everywhere so interconnected, how might we comprehend the complexity of our problems, and deal with the wicked messes we’ve got ourselves into? Systems thinking is a powerful way to help us look at the big pictures of complex problems. How might we draw these big pictures?

The final Visual Thinkers gathering of 2015 will be a special interactive session on visual system sketching. Drawing on well-known frameworks from system theory, the session will engage participants in learning to hand-sketch interpretive models of systemic relationships. Peter Jones and Patricia Kambitsch will share modes of sketching-to-scale based on graphic recording presentation modes. The session will develop visual modeling approaches in the context of problem areas of interest to participants.

Also we will be continuing BOOK CLUB, an collaborative project whereby we share and exchange books that we make from sketchbooks. Read more about Book Club here.

Starting our collaborative Book Club

Tonight the Visual Thinkers met to start our Book Club.  It’s not like a literary-discussion book club. This is a collaborative sketchbook project that you can join in:  just come to our next meet-up on November 24.

Each book has a theme (magic, fear, computers, Canadians, etc.)  Contributors can make a new page by drawing, painting, writing, etc.   Or they can modify a previous page by someone else, maybe even by cutting it up!

Kaia Vintr has initiated this project to encourage participants to make something visual on a frequent basis (because not everyone is consistent about using their solitary sketchbooks!)  At our September meet-up, the group agreed to do this project using paper books, not electronic media.

Much of tonight’s discussion was about the hard edges of artistic collaboration:  How do we keep the books moving quickly between contributors?  What permissions are required if someone wants to publish a page of a book that other people contributed to?  What do we do with the books we produce?   For some artists, letting our work go may be the hardest part!

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The beginnings of Book Club

Tonight the Visual Thinkers met to start our Book Club.   This is a collaborative sketchbook project that you can join in:  just come to our next meet-up on November 24.

Each book has a theme (magic, fear, computers, Canadians, etc.)  Contributors can make a new page by drawing, painting, writing, collaging, etc.   Or they can modify a previous page by someone else. 

October 27: Collaboration!

As visual thinkers how might we collaborate?  And when we collaborate, what might we produce?  During this session of Visual Thinkers we will share in creating images and meaning by drawing and writing together.

Sketchbooks for Book ClubWe will also launch a continuing group project we call “Book Club.”  What’s Book Club?  Instead of reading books, in this Book Club we will create the contents–words and visuals– in sketchbooks, then pass our sketchbooks along to others who will continue the process.

How do we participate in book club? Bring a blank sketch book, your favorite drawing tools, materials for collage and ideas. What will the books be about?  That’s up to you! Some of the books might be shared sketchbooks on a theme, some might contain fiction, some might be alphabet books, icons for graphic recording, infographics, comics, or maps. The content is up to you.

Bring a sketchbook…or not. Participation in Book Club is of course optional, and there will be collaborative games and activities during the evening. Bring your ideas. Come ready to create.

Each Visual Thinkers meeting starts with “Show and Tell”. Anyone can share an image or idea, a toy or tool, for the group to discuss for 5 minutes. (We have a laptop, projector and Internet. Bring your image on a USB stick if required.)  Bring drawing materials and you can practice your live drawing skills with us.

Join us on October 27, 7-9pm, at OCADU’s Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St., Toronto. Free to attend, and wheelchair accessible.  After the meet-up we usually go for interesting food and beer at Sin & Redemption nearby.

Blue and red bubbles lit up on glass

Liquid light-show and other uses of an overhead projector

On September 29, an enthusiastic group of Visual Thinkers met at OCADU in Toronto to try out some Novel Uses of Analog Tech.  We introduced ourselves:

Puppetry on an overhead projector; sketch-book exchange club.

Visual Thinkers Toronto 2015-09-29 introduced these participants and ideas. Notes by Alana Boltwood.

Then we learned some fun ways to use Otis the Overhead Projector, while grooving to psychedelic tunes.  Cassandra Pollack shared the transparent puppets she made from lighting gels and cardboard.  We played around, making our own transparent art, while Patricia put on a liquid light-show:

Blue and red bubbles lit up on glass

Patricia Kambitsch mixes oil and water pigments on a glass platter (designed for devilled eggs?), lit up by Otis the overhead projector. Photo by Alana Boltwood.

Coloured droplets lit up by an overhead projector

Old tech meets new. Liquid light-show by Patricia Kambitsch, on Otis the Overhead, at Visual Thinkers Toronto. Photo by Tanya Gerber.