Slippery Time: Conjuring Multiple Temporalities Through Drawing

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation


This was one of a series of invited talks under the title "Temporal Drawing," held by the Drawing Research Network at Loughborough University, aiming to investigate the notion of temporal drawing as an inherent aspect of both the drawing process and product.

Time is heterogeneous, riddled and folded. Fast and heavy, elusive, forgotten, exposed... Mostly experienced as inseparable from our consciousness, one is also aware that time’s measure does not fit: there is a place where the plies separate and slip, an elasticity between. Our temporal awareness is not whole but pulsatory and marbled. The creative act itself reflects and intensifies this condition; an intricate duration that does not arrive all-at-once, nor in a temporally linear way. One ventures and reflects in no particular sequence.
Investigating the potential of this slippery condition through a careful methodological approach to drawing and thinking, this presentation speculates on how the simultaneous manifestation of multiple times may occur in the creative process as a method of invention, generating a larger critical discourse on creative methods in research practice. It does so through the discussion of an ongoing body of drawings and research that stem out of my doctoral investigations into temporal drawing. With an interest in the time-based relationships of both the architecturally propositional drawing (as a projection of a future place, with its own inhabitations and unfoldings) and the drawing process itself (as an instigator of imagined futures), I ask what the possible connections between these temporalities might unearth, and what consequences they may have on space and place in the territory of the drawing. In sharing a specific body of test drawings (Mirror Drawings, Interloper Drawings, Park Drawings) and methodological approaches, I seek to expand a discourse and territory for dreaming temporality anew.
Period21 Apr 2021
Held atLoughborough University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Architecture
  • Temporal Drawing
  • Drawing Research