Draw to Perform - Ram Sambocha

The first Draw to Perform symposium curated by artist Ram Samocha took place in London on the 5, 6 and 7 of December 2013 and hosted by and Arebyte Gallery. This symposium aimed to promote the growing stream of live drawing performance, to distinguish it as a unique entity and allow it to rise from the eclectic, wider definition of performance art. The participating artists all considered their body of work to be fundamentally concerned with drawing, in that for them drawing connects elements of line, movement, space and time.

In their practice, mark-making is often a result of gesture and body movement. For some, drawing is rather conceived as installation, video, performance, painting, writing and animation. Many of the participating artists were interested in exploring idea of trace as memory and in connection to temporality. Others were focused on the physical and sensorial experience of drawing, either in relation to human body proportions or to physical exercise.